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Gennady Golovkin: “I promise a big drama show.”
Unified WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) is ready to defend his titles against Willie ‘The Mongoose’ Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday, May 16, at the famous Forum coliseum in Los Angeles, CA.
Golovkin is currently on an amazing run, as he has won his last 19 fights by knockout. ‘The Drama Show’ as he calls it, consists of constant pressure, relentless punishment, and an exciting knockout finish.
“Hopefully, Willie will be ready to fight because we’ll have a strong fight and a good performance for the fans. I promise a big drama show. I hope he is ready also,” Golovkin said.
The once-decorated and most celebrated WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez was considered the king of the middleweight division. His performances were spectacular until he lost the WBC 160-pound title to Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in stunning fashion. However, while many are quick to place Cotto at the top of the middleweight division, no one can overlook what Gennday Golovkin has done.
Golovkin has demolished every contender he has faced: Martin Murray, Marco Antonio Rubio, Daniel Geale, and Grzegorz Proska were amongst the many good fighters that Golovkin has defeated.
It appears as though no one can stand in Golovkin’s path. Martinez is either too old, or too injured. Felix Sturm may be nearing the end of his career, as well. Murray, widely considered one of the top 10 middleweights in the world, was no match for Golovkin.
Golovkin will continue to fight hard to defend his titles at 160, but no fight would be more important than a ‘dream fight’ with Floyd Mayweather.
“Of course, it is my dream fight,” Golovkin said. “Obviously, Floyd, he is a great champion, and a little bit different style. Floyd, he’s a smart guy. He does a lot of moving. For my style, a little bit different, I like drama show, I like real fight, like close fight. I want show, big show; big drama show!”
To Golovkin, no fight is more important than the one he has scheduled with Willie Monroe. In boxing, you take it one fight at a time, one opponent at a time, and every fight is as big as your last.
“This fight is really important for my career, and for everybody, for my people, for my team,” Golovkin said. “Thank you very much for my people. It’s very important for me, this fight with Willie, right now my focus is on Willie Monroe because he’s a great champion, he’s a great challenger for me and he may be next champion. Every fight is important for me.”
Golovkin stays well prepared for all of his fights, as he’s constantly in the gym working to be an even better fight than what he is now. In the last two years, Golovkin fought four times in 2013, three times in 2014, and Monroe would already be Golovkin’s second fight of 2014.
“My focus is on who is number one in the middleweight division,” Golovkin said. “It doesn’t matter how many fights per year, five, six, I remember, like Chavez Sr., a lot of great champions, every second month he had a big fight. For me, right now I’m ready for big fight, I’m ready. I know I have just maybe couple years, maybe three years, maybe four years, I’m ready for six fights per year. I’m ready for anybody.”
Monroe is relishing and basking in the glory of his opportunity. A victory for Monroe would have come against one of the top middleweights in the world. This is Monroe’s chance to become a world champion. This is the fight of Monroe’s career and the remainder of his career may depend on a solid performance against Golovkin.
“I think my whole career from the amateurs all the way up to now has prepared me for this opportunity,” Monroe said. “I mean I had 142 amateur fights, I’m a three time national champion. I fought in Boxcino—I mean, Gennady is a little bit of a mixture of everyone I fought in Boxcino all the way up to Bryan Vera. So I think this is the pinnacle, and it’s my job to go in and do what I do best.
Monroe doesn’t have the power to keep Golovkin off for twelve rounds. Eventually Golovkin will wear Monroe down and earn his 20th consecutive KO.
The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast will start at 10 PM/ET with WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (42‐0, 36 KOs) vs. #2 ranked challenger and former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs).