Best Western: Golovkin Blasts Monroe Jr.

By Robert Ecksel on May 16, 2015
Best Western: Golovkin Blasts Monroe Jr.
Golovkin took his big drama show to California with big dramatic results. (Naoki Fukuda)

When know-nothings say boxing will die after Mayweather and Pacquiao, we present Gennady Golovkin as Exhibit A…

Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, WBA and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), from Santa Monica, California, by way of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, scored a sixth round TKO over Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2, 6 KOs), aka The Mongoose, from Rochester, New York, in a fight broadcast live on HBO Championship Boxing.

Fighting out of the red corner in white trunks with purple and gold trim, Triple G was looking for his 20th early stoppage in a row. He may be the most avoided man in boxing, but on this night his opponent had no intention of avoiding the KO Kid from Kazakhstan.

The Mongoose, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks, came to California looking for a fight. A slick southpaw with a distinguished pedigree not known for his heavy hands, he nailed Golovkin several times in a fight that was more competitive than anyone expected.

Monroe paraded his boxing skills in round one. Moving and firing off his right hand jab, he got both the crowd’s and Golovkin’s attention. But no one hits Triple G without being hit in return, and for every punch The Mongoose landed, Golovkin landed two in return. Monroe would land a jab. Golovkin responded with a lead right followed by a left. Monroe landed a left to the head and body. Golovkin countered with two rights. Monroe landed a 1-2, and Gennady landed a left hook at the bell to win the round.

Punch stats indicated that Golovkin landed 19 of 52 punches in the first, 15 of which were power punches, to Monroe’s 10 of 39.

Golovkin turned up the heat in round two. All that sticking and moving can be appealing, but power brings the fans to their feet. Golovkin had found the range. He landed a lead right, followed by a left hook. The Mongoose retreated to the corner where a counter left hook dropped him to the canvas. Monroe got to his feet on shaky legs and Golovkin, his killer instinct as refined as ever, fired off a barrage of punches which put his opponent down a second time. Again Monroe beat the count, but this time he fought back. He landed a straight a left and two uppercuts which got Triple G’s attention, for better or worse. With only seconds left in the round, Golovkin connected with an overhand right and right hook that stunned his opponent. Monroe managed to male it to the bell.

Between rounds two and three, Monroe’s corner was concerned. “Look at me, Look at me. Look at me,” his trainer said. “Listen to me. Relax. Are you good? You gotta move.”

Instead of moving, Monroe decided to up his game in the third round and fight back. After absorbing a left hook in the opening seconds, followed by a left to the body and another hook to the head, Monroe hung in the trenches and landed several body shots and two hooks of his own. Golovkin looked for a moment like he didn’t know what hit him. The Mongoose connected with a right jab and straight left. Triple G landed a body shot and straight right to put things in perspective. Golovkin outlanded Monroe 24 punches to 14, but it was a big round, all things considered, for the challenger.

Monroe strutted his stuff in round four. He landed a body shot followed by a four-punch combination. His speed and willingness to mix it up, especially with the odds stacked against him, was commendable. Golovkin got in his licks, of course, but Monroe didn’t retreat. He landed a right jab and several straight left hands. At the bell, he unleashed a three-punch combination to take the round.

Between rounds Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, told him, “You gotta be busier. You can’t let him work that way. Pick him up. On the inside shoot little punches. Set him up.”

Monroe landed 33 of 80 punches to Golovkin’s 30 of 63.

In round five, Triple G reemerged with a vengeance. Cutting off the ring with the grace of an assassin, Golovkin landed an uppercut. Then he connected with a hook that staggered Monroe. Monroe countered with a 1-2. A fight had broken out at The Forum. Monroe was staying in the pocket and trading punches. He landed a three-punch combination, followed by another 1-2. When Golovkin drove him to the ropes, Monroe, instead of folding, continued to fight back and fight back hard.

But Golovkin had eaten all the punches he was going to eat. It was time for the coup de grâce. An uppercut caught Monroe. He countered and backed into the corner. Golovkin landed a right and left, followed by another right and left, and a series of left hooks deposited Monroe on the canvas for a third time. He staggered to his feet at the count of nine. The referee Jack Reiss told him, “You just beat it. You just beat it. You gotta be faster.” But Reiss saw what we all saw, that Monroe, however courageous, was a beaten man who would only be beaten some more if he persisted. “Do you want to continue?” Reiss asked. The Mongoose shook his head no and that was it.

When know-nothings say boxing will die after Mayweather and Pacquiao, we present Gennady Golovkin as Exhibit A. Triple G is here, he’s now, and he does it all. He also loves to fight as much as he loves to win.

Follow us on Twitter@boxing_com to continue the discussion

Gennady Golovkin vs Willie Monroe Jr

Discuss this in our forums

Related Articles


This is a place to express and/or debate your boxing views. It is not a place to offend anyone. If we feel comments are offensive, the post will be deleted and continuing offenders will be blocked from the site. Please keep it clean and civil! We want to have fun. We want some salty language and good-natured exchanges. But let's keep our punches above the belt...
  1. Kid Blast 07:01am, 05/20/2015


  2. Don from Prov 03:34am, 05/20/2015

    Good post, Mr. Blast.  Thank you for the thoughts.
    Still think there was a stretch in this fight where GGG did look tired—

    But we all believe we see things sometimes and even if, what would it mean?
    Likely not much as Golovkin has shown himself to have good endurance.
    As you indicated, even muggers have a night when they are tired.

  3. Kid Blast 05:07pm, 05/19/2015

    BTW, GGG always looks tired between rounds because Sanchez makes him take very deep breaths—same as Lomachenko—- but these guys are good to go the full 12 rounds. No stamina issues whatsoever and anyone who says otherwise has not watched Eastern Euros fight very often.

  4. Kid Blast 05:05pm, 05/19/2015

    Don from Prov. It’s hard to discuss a Hagler-GGG tussle because GGG has not YET his peak IMO. But if I make some assumptions about his future, I’d say this. His greatest attribute is his ability to get proper separation and cut off the ring. Hagler was pretty good at that as well. Both are great closers but I think GGG has greater one-punch power. I also think Hagler has a better chin but GGG has never been down.  Both have learned their trade though GGG has been a faster learner.

    This all said, I think TEAM GGG studies the Duran and SRL and Vito #1 tapes and comes up with a plan that has GGG outboxing Hagler to win a close UD or MD based on more punches thrown and based on ring generalship. In the end, Hagler’s weakness of not fighting as well as he can when backed up will lose it for him.

    That is all. Very speculative as it could end in a draw or in a trilogy of epic proportions.

  5. Kid Blast 03:03pm, 05/19/2015

    No no no. I just meant that muggings reached their peak in the mid-70’s in NYC.

    But then Juliane came and things got better

  6. Eric 01:25pm, 05/19/2015

    The “wilding” or Central Park jogger case was in 1989. Not to be confused with Tawana Brawley rape HOAX case of 1987 starring the “Rev” Al Sharptoon.

  7. Don from Prov 01:00pm, 05/19/2015

    Was there a famous mugging in Central Park in 1975?
    Do you mean the “wilding” incident or is that that wrong time period?

    Indulge me: Measure what you see as strengths and weaknesses and give your best informed opinion on whether GGG could have beaten Hagler.

  8. Kid Blast 08:18am, 05/19/2015

    No but GGG is not armed. He is a hands on mugger. ala Central Park 1975

  9. Don from Prov 06:14am, 05/19/2015

    What about armed robbers?  Surely they don’t get tired.

  10. Kid Blast 06:05am, 05/19/2015

    Don from Prov, even muggers get tired at times

  11. Don from Prov 05:30am, 05/19/2015

    Mr. Silver—Hagler won the the fourteenth against Duran (though he was cut) and dominated the final round, but he did nothing in the eleventh, was outfought in the twelfth, and the thirteenth was most surely a tough round that Duran appeared, to me anyway, to win.  That does not = easily winning the last four or five rounds. I’m not sure what you mean by—or how one would measure (an intermittent)—lack of confidence, Marvin just seemed to struggle when backed up or when faced with a very good (or smart) fighter.  As for the fact that he “should” have beaten Leonard, I should have beaten that big clumsy-strong guy I fought in a parking lot in the eleventh grade… but I didn’t.  Marvin’s record in rematches makes one think of Joe Louis—and the ability to improve on performance should count for something when evaluating a fighter.  And Golovkin?  I love to watch the guy, but it’s possible a lack of first rate opposition will mean that he never develops as fully as he could—but he has no control over who’s out there.

  12. Don from Prov 04:04am, 05/19/2015

    BeauJack—If you are referring to me about GGG and getting tired, I only agreed with Adam Berlin’s piece that mentioned that he looked tired “in this fight.”  I am well aware that he was being told to take deep breaths
    but he was huffing away before that: Watch again, look at his body language between rounds (and during the fourth round he looks tired).  But this was one fight, does not make a pattern and he did certainly come out hard in the final round, so the observation is only that—for a couple of rounds in the corner and in the ring IN THIS fight he appeared tired.  Who doesn’t get a bit winded at times? # five on KB’s GGG list: “gets tired.”
    Probably refers to what could happen between GGG/Ward.


  13. beaujack 07:49pm, 05/18/2015

    Kid Blast, sorry if I confused you with another poster on boxing site who alleged GGG “get’s tired”, because of his instructions in his corner to TAKE DEEP Breaths…GGG is more than an out and out grenade thrower. He is wily, cuts off the ring , seems relaxed in the ring…

  14. Eric 05:15pm, 05/18/2015

    Scratch Tiger Flowers and put Freddie Steele in the number 9 slot.

  15. Eric 05:10pm, 05/18/2015

    Top 10 Middleweights * Not counting active fighters
    1. Harry Greb
    2. Stanley Ketchel
    3. Ray Robinson
    4. Carlos Monzon
    5. Mickey Walker
    6. Marvin Hagler
    7. Marcel Cerdan
    8. Jake LaMotta
    9. Tiger Flowers
    10. Tony Zale

  16. Koolz 04:21pm, 05/18/2015

    Notice that Golovkin’s pressure really makes the other fighter work a lot harder and expand more energy.  But it’s more then that…
    GGG makes a fighter throw punches that don’t have a lot of impact on them because there panicking and just throwing punches do to his pressure.

    Then he can virtually walk through their punches. 

    Everyone making me go to youtube to watch old fights now!!!!

  17. Kid Blast 02:31pm, 05/18/2015

    beaujack , You have me confused with another poster. I never said GGG gets tired. My God, the way he rocketed out in the 5th round showed me he was just letting this “show” extend itself. Nope, his stamina, like most fighters from Eastern Europe, is uncommon. Lomachenko is a prime example,

    Monroe, BTY,  was gasping for air after the third round and was drained.

  18. beaujack 02:00pm, 05/18/2015

    Kid Blast, enjoyed your post, but one fault you attribute to GGG is “that he get’s tired”. In all his previous bouts we watched on TV, not once was this “getting tired” RAISED…I strongly believe GGG didn’t become an “old tired man” in these past few months but this “being tired trait” was suddenly brought up because after the 3rd or 4th round sitting in his corner GGG was told to “take deep breaths”, which he did several times as instructed by his corner…I have seen fighters do this all the time. GGG didn’t look “TIRED” in the final round, as his concrete like fists landing on the clever Monroe belied GGG being exhausted…In his way Golovkin is not your Rocky Graziano hellbent grenade thrower but a shrewd and calculating stone cold killer who gives folks DRAHHMA !

  19. Kid Blast 11:37am, 05/18/2015

    Mike, Duran was coming on in those final rounds as I recall. I saw the fight and a lot more fights than most. But Hagler was and is a great so I have no argument there. But I still think a GGG-Hagler (PRIME VS PRIME) fight is a close one. Like the incredible Lomachenko, these guys have eye popping amateur credentials and hit the pro ranks well-trained and well-tuned to create havoc,

    Now, history can be rewritten, history can stand on its own, or history can change as it is impacted by the present. Excluding too many so-called historian/writers are clueless about the historical context around which they write. I have learned to take their assessments accordingly. Some do their home work like Adam Pollack and yourself and many others, but too many others mix facts with cloying melodrama which makes me gag—it’s as if they could read what’s in Eddie Booker’s mind. Ugh. Give me a break and write about his style and accomplishments and throw in something about prejudice, bur spare me the manufactured drama. Booker is dead and no one can read his mind, That’s the part I can’t stand. Actually, that’s why I liked your book but not those that drip sugary sweet. That’s my final post on this thread as I must save my best for future struggles.

  20. Mike Silver 11:21am, 05/18/2015

    Kid Blast, Hagler was capable of adjusting his strategy to accommodate the opponent. On rare occasions his lack of confidence, or something else, got in the way of his performing the way he could. This happened against Antuofermo, Sugar Ray Leonard and early against Duran. He adjusted his strategy against Duran and easily won the last 4 or 5 rounds. He destroyed Antuofermo in the rematch and should have beaten Leonard. I am confident Hagler could have held his own with any of the past greats. Same with Monzon. I think the book is still out on Golovkin (through no fault of his own). He has as much (or more) natural talent, ability and punching power as these three but because of the current environment will never develop his full potential as a pro.

  21. Kid Blast 11:17am, 05/18/2015

    If the shoe fits

  22. Mike Silver 11:09am, 05/18/2015

    Beau, I could not agree more with your reasoning which is based on knowledge, not conjecture based on false premises, and your having actually witnessed some of the all time greats. Here is more proof: I will match the Pound for Pound list of the top ten fighters of the late 1940s to any top ten PFP list of the past 10 years—no, make that past 20 years—and let any reasonable person tell me which is the superior list:
    Late 1940s:
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    Ezzard Charles
    Charley Burley
    Willie Pep
    Sandy Saddler
    Manuel Ortiz
    Marcel Cerdan
    Jake LaMotta
    Ike Williams
    Archie Moore
    (I could have added Kid Gavilan, Jersey Joe Walcott, an aging Joe Louis and half a dozen others to this incredible mix but this will do).
    Look, my intention is not to blast today’s fighters some of whom are genuinely talented. I am just comparing fighters of different eras. We have to do that if we are to truly judge today’s talent. But I guess my “generational bias” is causing my “rose colored glasses” to see everything “through the clouded prism of nostalgia”. I think not.

  23. Kid Blast 09:55am, 05/18/2015

    Mike, are you now saying Hagler is an “old timer?” lol

    By the way, GGG’s strength of cutting off the ring would play well to Hagler’s weakness of not fighting well backing up (ala Duran).

  24. Kid Blast 09:39am, 05/18/2015

    It’s the historian’s wont to blast today’s fighter when comparing them to yesteryear, but I’m not buying that for one second. Way too many variables including extensive amateur careers vs, no amateur career.

    Re GGG, here is one of many scenario I find interesting:


    1.) Ward has not lost since he was 12 y/o
    2.) Ward won a gold medal fighting at a higher weight than his actual weight class
    3.) Ward can adapt to essentially any style and can take a punch
    4.) Although, Ward is not a KO puncher he has excellent physical strength and no one can bully him.
    5.) I don’t buy that “ring rust” applies to someone of his skills.

    1.) Golovkin won a silver medal
    2.) Despite what the HBO announcers say Golovkin is hittable
    3.) I don’t buy that he lets people hit him to make the fight more exciting. Because he has an excellent chin, it is his best way of getting an opening to hit his opponent
    4.) He will not be able to walk Ward down
    5.) He gets tired
    6.) Although, he will not be a small super middleweight when he moves up (most of those he fought in amateurs are now super middleweights) he will be the smaller man against Ward.”

    Just saying

    Everything seems better through the clouded prism of nostalgia. I call that generational bias.

  25. beaujack 06:46am, 05/18/2015

    Thanks for your cogent reply Mike. I too feel that the deeper the pool of fighters we have as in the 1940s, my favorite era, the top fighters forged in the stiff competition those days had to be better for the simple reason that they had to overcome a better and more varied roster of talented fighters they had to whip to get to the top..Take for example the lightweights of the 1940s I had seen growing up at MSG. We had Ike Williams, Beau Jack, Bob Montgomery, Sammy Angott, Willie Joyce, Freddie Dawson plying there trade and fighting each other and often.
    Just to compete with each other improved their considerable talents…

  26. Eric 06:34am, 05/18/2015

    Put Golovkin in Hagler’s era. He beats Briscoe, Hart, Watts, and Monroe, and no way does Antuofermo extend Golovkin to a draw. Antuofermo was strong, had good stamina, but not a lot of power, and was prone to cuts. Golovkin stops Minter, then breezes through Hagler’s early title bouts. Golovkin probably stops the 5’7” Duran and the power punching Roldan. Hearns is the BIG QUESTION MARK. Mugabi, power but not much else, Golovkin. Leonard, another close call.

  27. Mike Silver 09:04pm, 05/17/2015

    Beau, If Marvin were born 25 years ago he would be a very tough guy to beat but he would not be the same fighter that we saw KO Tommy Hearns,  Alan Minter, Obelmejias etal. (By the way Minter was a terrific fighter who if he didn’t cut would be a handful for Golovkin. Obelmejias was as hard a puncher as Golovkin with 27 KOs in 30 fights when he met Hagler and would have flattened every fighter GGG has fought even quicker—today he would be called an all time great). If Sugar Ray Robinson was born 25 years ago he would beat everyone but he would not be the spectacular fighter we knew because he’d only be fighting 3 or 4 times a year against meager competition. He would be considered great but not as great as the 1940s Sugar Man. Hagler was a national AAU champ with tremendous innate talent, as you say. If fighting today with about 25 fights under his belt he would have beaten the same fighters as Golovkin with no problem. They have similar power and boxing skills. But he would not be the terrific Hagler we knew from the 1980s, and Golovkin today would be a tough fight for him. But the Hagler of 30 years ago would have too much for him. 
    Interesting, GGG just had his 33rd fight beating Monroe. In his 34th pro fight Hagler stopped his uncle Willie the Worm in 12 reversing an earlier loss. Three fights later he stopped Willie in 2. See the improvement? And he still had 30 more fights to his career. Golovkin is not getting better. He has reached his peak. If he had been born 50 years ago who knows how great he might have become?

  28. beaujack 07:59pm, 05/17/2015

    Mike, I respect your knowledge and observations on boxing very much, and I also think that by and large today’s fighters with a few exceptions could not compare with the 1940s and 1950s etc.,in depth and talent…
    I have a question to you. Say a Marvin Hagler for example, was somehow
    born 25 years ago. Became a middleweight boxer, became the champion today, and with his innate talent fought every fighter that GGG has fought and beat til this day…How different his record would be from the record that Golovkin has accrued ?...Just curious…

  29. Eric 07:51pm, 05/17/2015

    The heavyweight division is king but the middleweight division is noted as the thoroughbreds of boxing and for good reason. I can’t think of another division that has produced as many quality fighters as the 160lb division. I’ve never read any old articles on the greats like Robinson, Greb, Walker, LaMotta, Cerdan or Zale. I have read old articles on heavyweights like Marciano, Patterson, Ali, and Liston. The articles I read on Marciano certainly weren’t describing him as an all-time great, but it was the standard line of how weak the current crop of heavyweights were compared to the greats of yesteryear. Same thing happened when Holmes came along. I was lucky to view some of Monzon’s bouts and many of Hagler’s fights, and remember that these guys were viewed favorably while they were champs, unlike Marciano & Holmes, both of whom seemed to increase in value after they retired. Right at this moment, I see GGG ranking at least near Monzon or Hagler. Remember some of Monzon & Hagler’s most notable victories came against blown-up welterweights or even a lightweight in the case of Hagler-Duran. Some of Hagler’s opponents weren’t exactly thoroughbreds, you had Fulgencio Obelmejias, Caveman Lee, crude Antuofermo, Tony Sibson & Mustafa Hamsho, Wilfred Scypion, etc. Of course the most impressive part of Hagler’s career was his conquering those Philly middleweights before claiming the title.

  30. Mike Silver 05:37pm, 05/17/2015

    Heavyweights are a separate matter—almost a separate sport within a sport. Power counts for much more and boxing skills less important. It’s always been the weakest division in boxing, which proves my point—in a world of mediocrity the very good stand out. In a world of very good only the great stand out. That’s the way it was decades back. True, number of rounds are only one important factor, but also important is the competitive QUALITY of those rounds. If you want to compare generations just focus on two weight divisions—lightweight and middleweight—that is where you find your answers. Three round amateur fights are not pro fights. A boxer with 50 amateur fights is not going to improve much more with 50 additional amateur fights. Ezzard Charles had 44 amateur fights. More would have made no difference in his skill and experience as an amateur. He improved exponentially and became great against professional competition. Same with all the greats. When trainers had knowledge it was understood that if a fighter stayed too long in the amateurs it could be detrimental to his pro career. Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao, Golovkin would have been even better had they fought pro in the 1930s-1960s. They would have to be or the competition would crush them. No guarantee they would have made it. Perspective and frame of reference indicates the vast majority of today’s “contenders” and “champions” are the worst ever in terms of technical skills and experience.  The very good today stand out as “great” because they are surrounded by mediocrity. We like to believe we are witnessing greatness in our time.

  31. Koolz 04:49pm, 05/17/2015

    Man I keep hearing it all over the net.  And it’s psychology that is wrong.
    When GGG was going to face Proksa with a two week notice all these so called low oppositions you guys keep throwing around were considered the top middleweights.
    people actually thought Baker and Geale were some of the best!

    Then Proksa fight happened and everyone realized that there is a Monster in the Division.  Soon people started to question all these fighters that were the best at 160 now that GGG was blowing them away like nothing.

    See that’s Psychology.  There is nothing wrong with any of the Opposition that GGG is fighting, they’re all very good fighters that train their butts off to make the fight, they all want to win.

    GGG is that good!  You just have a fighter that comes around and makes everyone else look horrible.

    At 160 Golovkin is King.

  32. beaujack 04:20pm, 05/17/2015

    Kid Blast, where have I backtracked on Triple G. ? I have felt that he would more than hold his own against every MW in the modern era…I also feel that Kovalev would hold his own with most any light heavy since maybe Charles and Billy Conn. And the great new flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez is as great a flyweight I have ever seen. Having said this you cannot ever compare today’s pro talent with the rich talent of say the 1940s. In New York for example my dad and I could see a great boxing show EVERY night of the week featuring top fighters. There were maybe 5 times the amount of pro boxers in the USA as there is today…In the amateur golden gloves finals at the old MSG there were THREE rings operating at the same time… More fighters bring more fights, and a better and deeper pool of talent emerges from all this…But GGG, is a SPECIAL talent that I believe rates with any MW I have seen IMO…
    Though his opposition today is mediocre at best this is NOT his fault at all…

  33. Eric 02:37pm, 05/17/2015

    How many rounds someone has boxed professionally isn’t always a good measuring stick. George Chuvalo had 93 fights and fought 507 rounds whereas Joe Frazier engaged in all of 36 pro bouts and boxed only 213 rounds. I don’t think there is a boxing expert alive that would rate Chuvalo over Frazier. Regarding the competition that GGG has faced, Larry Holmes is rated in the top 10 and the list of opponents that Holmes faced were mostly marginally talented at best. Only Cooney, Witherspoon, Weaver, and an old Norton would be considered quality opposition.

  34. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:06pm, 05/17/2015

    Jack Reiss is a lot of fun….I still can hear him yelping, “He hit me”... “He hit me” to the judges or whoever at ringside, when he was grazed by one of Rodriguez’s wild ass, funky punches in the Ward fight.

  35. Kid Blast 12:59pm, 05/17/2015

    Beaujack, with all respect ( and you may even be older than me), I manifestly disagree that today’s fighters are “lackluster.” Just because they don’t fight over 80 times to earn a living doesn’t mean they have not fought as much as the older guys. Keep in mind that they have fought well over 100 amateur fights and the total number might be very close. I submit that in GGG and Chocolatito, we have seen two who could win in any era at any time. All in my opinion of course but I believe we are in the middle of a resurgence in boxing that has nothing to do with TBE or Pacquiao and every thing to do with the little guys and the Easter Euros. Speaking for myself, I will not look at history though the prism of nostalgia not that I am suggesting you have but I am disappointed that you backtracked a bit from your splendid first post.

  36. beaujack 12:59pm, 05/17/2015

    Irish Frankie, I now live in Nassau County, NY. Yes I heard that Clarence George lived in the same building as Rocky Graziano did in NYC. And yes Henny Youngman [take my wife please] I saw many times with his one liners. He once said he only had one liner jokes, cause he couldn’t remember two liner jokes ! The name rocky Graziano evokes such great memory’s to me. I saw Rocky MANY times from his prelim days up to his 3 wars with Tony Zale, which took everything out of both of them. Graziano remains the most “thrilling” fighter I ever saw ringside.His early bouts were like attending a street riot…
    P.S. I just heard Hillary is in the Witness Protection Program…!

  37. Kid Blast 12:51pm, 05/17/2015

    Every time GGG wins, there always is an effort to criticize him disproportionally to the reality of his win. He came out like a rocket for the 5th round when told to do so by Sanchez. He quickly ended the show suggesting to me at least that he could have done so whenever he felt like putting on the gas. You keep on knocking out people early, there will be no fights (or money) for you And Kellerman can drool all he wants but he doesn’t pay TEAM GGG. This is a business and GGG’s people have not hit the lottery yet.

  38. beaujack 12:42pm, 05/17/2015

    Mike, I have not meant to say that Golovkin would certainly beat a LaMotta, Hagler,Zale or Cerdan..I mean to imply that GGG might very well have beaten them H2H were they to have met…I know that you cannot compare ANY of the victims of GGG to some of the great middleweights
    Whom the above HOFamers of the 1940s and 1950s beat. Of course not.
    But I maintain that every so often even in a lackluster group of fighters such as exist today, a certain individual talent as a GGG, a Kovalov, or this new flyweight sensation Roman Gonzalez, enters the picture and
    might very well thrive in my favorite generation the 1940s, called the “golden age” of boxing…I have always felt that no fighter can be blamed for when they were born, or who their opposition were at the height of their powers, and so with triple GGG, he might very well have thrived in the era of Robinson [at WW], Cerdan, Zale, LaMotta, or Hagler.
    He SEEMS that ominous….

  39. Don from Prov 11:54am, 05/17/2015

    As a mere fan, I’ll say that it WOULD be nice if GGG hadn’t come along when there is such a vacuum of tested, proven, and honed talent in his division.
    One of the few things I can say about a fighter without hesitation is that Marvin Hagler had a great chin—I saw it tested by world class punchers.
    I can also say that boxers/smart fighters gave him trouble; I saw that too.

    And again, it was against world class fighters.
    If Canelo and (maybe) Ward are to be GGG’s only/biggest challenges?
    Well, if he broke down Ward bit by bit maybe we’d be seeing something.
    Otherwise, I’m not smart enough to tell.

    I do know, that as Mr. Berlin says in his piece, GGG looked tired.

  40. Koolz 11:42am, 05/17/2015

    Great Fight!  GGG allowing himself to take punches to throw off Monroe and let his defense down.  Damn Really accurate Jabs by GGG!
    Monroe is not supposed to be hit by the way, he is supposed to be slick south paw with quick hands, but Damn GGG can really cut the ring off and stop you!
    Release the Kraken!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:22am, 05/17/2015

    Robert Ecksel-Good for you….you are without a doubt the Don Dunphy or even better the Mel Allen of blow-by-blow boxing writers…..leagues beyond the ESPN guys who text what they think they saw from ringside during some of the big PPV fights that I don’t ante up for.

  42. Kid Blast 11:12am, 05/17/2015

    Was I the only one bothered by Max’s “I told you so” aura last night. Once he started that screechy screaming voice, I put it on mute. He is really starting to bother me with his condescending attitude and self-proclaimed expertise about fighters he knew nothing about until he read the prep sheets.

  43. Kid Blast 11:06am, 05/17/2015

    Mike Silver, GGG has had more amateur fights than Carter has pills. He beats everyone they put in front of him and would compete well in any era. It’s time for the “historians” to give some of these new guys their rightful due. I am not including you in my facetious list of historians but most of them just don’t get, don’t want to get it,  will never get it and are hopelessly caught up in their own melodramatic nostalgia. They should get off the track before they are crushed by boxing’s resurgence.

  44. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:58am, 05/17/2015

    Don from Prov-GGG seems to have a pretty good team as it stands….Sanchez seems to know what he’s doing, at least that’s the impression I get….not exactly the same thing, but it’s kinda’ like Bob Baffert with American Pharoah.

  45. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:48am, 05/17/2015

    beaujack-I don’t know where you live in NYC but Clarence George lives in a building where Henny Youngman was his neighbor at one time and Rocky Graziano used to drop in on Henny from time to time. I posted to Clarence that he couldn’t impress me more if he said that Henry Kissinger was his next door neighbor because these guys are important personages for those of us in a certain age group….which reminds me….where the heck is Clarence George?

  46. Don from Prov 10:28am, 05/17/2015

    “I recommend a nice Jack Dempsey white sidewall cut….”

    Perfect: Team GGG needs Mr. Irish.
    Everything that needs to be said, has been said in the posts.  Good stuff.

  47. Mike Silver 08:33am, 05/17/2015

    Whoa Beaujack! You surprise me. Can we come back to Earth here? Your statement that “Golovkin might very well be the best since Harry Greb” is over the top. Granted Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world today and a helluva boxer-puncher but the man has fought nobody except a bunch of 2nd and 3rd raters including Monroe Jr., (a novice with all of 118 rounds on his resume) and has not really been tested. Golovkin himself has only 141 pro rounds. Let’s compare to Jake LaMotta: 712 rounds when he won the middleweight title in his 89th pro fight from the great Marcel Cerdan. Prior to that he whipped Joey DeJohn, Holman Williams, Fritzie Zivic, Jimmy Edgar, Jose Basora, Bert Lytell, dropped a split dec’n to Lloyd Marshall and, oh yes, he also beat a guy named Sugar Ray Robinson—all of whom would have been favorites to defeat the up and coming prospect named Golovkin. Let’s not get carried away. What are we going to say if he beats the worn out over the hill Cotto? That he would beat Conn, Moore, and Charles? Very, very unlikely.

  48. Eric 08:04am, 05/17/2015

    Golovkin has two or tree good matchups out there with Canelo, Ward, and possibly Stevenson. The Krusher might be just a tad too large.

  49. Kid Blast 06:49am, 05/17/2015

    He good boy. Muchos Gracias.

  50. Ted Spoon 06:48am, 05/17/2015

    It’s a shame Cotto will probably never fight Golovkin though it seems we’re all on the same page with how that one would pan out, no pun intended. Now if Cotto and Canelo can resolve their squabbles, and Canelo were to win, then a Golovkin-Canelo could well n’ truly make up for May 2. Two fan favourites with bone-jarring styles.

  51. Pete The Sneak 06:29am, 05/17/2015

    Props to Monroe…Came in and brought it to GGG, just didn’t bring enough…GGG again showed he’s the real deal…Still, would love to see how he would fare against a guy who is not so easy to hit, can move and counters well…No, not FMJ (please), but Andre Ward…I believe that type of style would give GGG some trouble…Peace.

  52. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:49pm, 05/16/2015

    beaujack-Great take on the whole thing….which reminds me…..years ago on Jack Parr’s show or was it Johnny Carson’s, I forget which, a guest said that he was middle aged….Jack asked him how old he was and he said he was fifty….Jack then asked him if he knew anyone who was a hundred. True story….an old horndog behind me at the Post Office complimented this sweetie that I had my eye on by telling her that she didn’t look a day over eighty five.

  53. Eric 08:38pm, 05/16/2015

    No way in hell that Mayweather would even think about fighting this guy. Golovkin is listed at 5’11”, so maybe the guy could take some fights at 168 and eventually fight at 175lbs. He beats the LaMottas, the Cerdans, the Zales, and could very well rank up there with the elite like Hagler, Monzon, Robinson or Greb.

  54. beaujack 08:17pm, 05/16/2015

    I have been watching boxing since the 1940s, saw Robinson, Hagler, Cerdan, LaMotta ,etc, and based on what I have seen of GGG, he might very well be the best MW since the great Harry Greb [before my time of course]. Golovkin can box, can cut off the ring, has crushing and hurtful power in his blows from every angle thrown, looped or straight punching, and in over 300 amateur bouts and 30 or so pro bouts has NEVER been floored. Astounding. And I do believe as GGG has hinted he allows some opponents to last longer than necessary , so GGG can get some needed rounds…In the last round of the fight I sensed his desire to terminate the bout, and this is what he did…GGG is a true “monster” of boxing and also kudos for the talented Willie Monroe jr., who went as far as he could against the threshing machine that is Gennady Golovkin…

  55. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:03pm, 05/16/2015

    The smiling is just fine but he needs to lose that Buster Brown hair cut…..I recommend a nice Jack Dempsey white sidewall cut…..that will cut out a lot of that “this guys not hard and ugly like me, I gotta believe I can kick his ass” attitude right then and there at the weigh -in, as opposed to the first time they feel that power and what it could mean to their general health and welfare.

Leave a comment