The most devastating man in boxing, Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin, will look for knockout No. 30 in 33 professional fights this evening (Sat., May 16, 2015) when he tangles with slick American southpaw Willie Monroe Jr. in the main event of a talent-rich doubleheader inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
MMAmania.com will have LIVE coverage of "Golovkin vs. Monroe" below, starting with the HBO Boxing broadcast at 10 p.m. ET.
Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO) has stopped his last 19 opponents, his last decision victory coming in 2008. Earlier this year, "GGG" dispatched rugged Englishman Martin Murray over the course of 11 one-sided rounds. Before that, he'd throttled ranked contenders Marco Antonio Rubio and Daniel Geale in less than five combined rounds.
Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KO) comes in having won his last nine bouts, his most recent defeat coming to spoiler extraordinaire Darnell Boone in 2011. He was last seen taking a unanimous decision from veteran Brian Vera.
The co-main event is equally -- if not more -- enticing, as it gives HBO viewers their first glimpse of a man with a legitimate claim to the title of pound-for-pound greatest: Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KO). The flyweight champion has stopped 13 of his last 14 opponents and is looking to do the same to Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KO), a 15-year veteran and former titleholder at both flyweight and light flyweight.
"GOLOVKIN VS. MONROE" QUICK RESULTS:
Middleweight Championship: Gennady Golovkin def. Willie Monroe Jr. by TKO at 0:45 of Round Six
Flyweight Championship: Roman Gonzalez def. Edgar Sosa by TKO at 2:37 of Round Two
"GOLOVKIN VS. MONROE" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr.
Round one: Monroe flicking out the jab as he circles. Check hook from Monroe. Monroe using his jab very effectively, takes a body shot. One minute in. Overhand right from GGG. Clinch. Body shot from GGG. GGG landing inside. Overhand left by Monroe connects inside. Lead right from Golovkin, body shots from teh American. One minute to go. GGG keeping him near the ropes, lands a right to the body. Monroe with a shoeshine flurry to the guts. Left hook by GGG. Monroe moving well, but not landing at the same clip. Clinch. Bell, 10-9 Golovkin.
Round two: Monroe continuing to stay active with the jab. Lead right from GGG. Monroe lands inside. Monroe sidesteps an uppercut. Monroe is finding himself on the ropes and in the corner. One minute in. BIG left hook from Golovkin and Monroe stumbles to the ground. Monroe makes it to his feet. Golovkin smells blood. Monroe avoiding damage well. Big left hooks and an overhand right send Monroe to the ground again. One minute to go. GGG eats a good left hand from Monroe as he tries to press forward. Right hand connects on Monroe, then another. Monroe is doing a very good job of defense, but still eating some powerful blows. Monroe warned for low blows and manages to survive the round. 20-16 Golovkin.
Round three: Golovkin right back on the advance. Lead right from GGG. Left hook from Golovkin. Left uppercut by GGG, clinch. monroe to the body. Body shot from GGG. Monroe answers. One minute in. Double right hook from the American. Golovkin lands a pair of left hooks. Monroe targeting the body well. Lead left by Monroe. Combination from GGG lands. Another pair of body shots from Monroe, who eats an uppercut. One minute to go. Golovkin left hook to the gut, then a right straight up top. 2-3 from Golovkin. Straight right lands. Monroe's body shots have so far failed to blunt Golovkin's attack. Body shot for GGG and Monroe avoids a right before the bell. 30-25 Golovkin.
Round four: Golovkin digs to the body, Monroe answers. Right to the gut from Golovkin, again Monroe answers. Right uppercut by Monroe. Sharp left hook and chopping right form Gennady. Lead right lands, then a left hook. One minute in. Double left hooks by GGG, three-punch combo from Monroe. Quick exchange inside. Good shots by Monroe, including a straight left that draws a nod. 2-3 by GGG. Lead right soon after. One minute to go. Golovkin with a short right hook, lands an overhand soon after. GGG digs to the body well. Phone booth exchange. Monroe finds himself on the ropes again, avoids danger. Better round for Monroe this time. 39-35 Golovkin.
Round five: Lead left uppercut by Golovkin. Left hook buckles Monroe. Monroe firing back, staying out of trouble. One minute in. Monroe doing a solid job off the back foot. GGG digs a right to the body. Counters from Monroe. GGG backs him to the corner, lands some solid blows amidst return fire. One minute to go. Right to the body from Golovkin. Sharp right inside. 1-1-2 from Monroe before the bell. 49-44 Golovkin.
Round six: 2-3 from Golovkin to open the round, then a lead uppercut. Golovkin takes his legs out with a right hand and opens up on the ropes, eventually sending Monroe to his knees. Monroe gets up at the last possible second, then admits to the ref that he can't/won't continue. Golovkin scores his twentieth-straight stoppage.
Final result: Golovkin def. Monroe, Jr. by TKO
Roman Gonzalez vs. Edgar Sosa
Round one: Gonzalez on the front foot, Sosa circling. Sosa sticking out the jab, not landing clean. Right cross from the challenger. One minute in. Right from Gonzalez, then one to the body. 1-3 from Gonzalez gets his attention, as does a lead hook. Gonzalez marching forward, ripping his man with hard right hands. Slip by Sosa. Lead right by Gonzalez. Again. Gonzalez just walking him down, landing accurate power punches. One minute to go. Sosa staying active with the jab. Nice body shot by Chocolatito. Sosa to the body, combination blocked. Right hand lands for him mid-combo. Left hook by Gonzalez, whose defense is holding up as well. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Round two: Gonzalez still on the front foot. Stiff jab from Sosa. Shovel hook from Gonzalez lands. 1-2 by Chocolatito, then a body shot. He's back on the advance with heavy blows to the head and body. Powerful body shot by Gonzalez. Sosa's offense is mostly the jab. Gonzalez blasts him with a cross that has Sosa "All Shook Up-"ing his way to the mat. He does make it back up, only to eat an uppercut. Another uppercut and Sosa's down a second time. One minute to go. Sosa makes it back up and Gonzalez gets back to whooping his ass. Gonzalez blasting him with clean power punches. Sosa finally goes down a third time and the referee has seen enough. Tremendous performance by Chocolatito.
Final result: Gonzalez def. Sosa by TKO