By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Gennady Golovkin is a knock out machine and Willie Monroe was schedule to be the next victim in last week Middleweight championship bout. Monroe opportunity came as a result of Monroe winning ESPN Boxcino tournament and now found himself the opportunity of a lifetime.
The second round nearly saw the end of the fight as Golovkin sent Monroe down twice and Monroe barely survived the round. Golovkin left hook sent Monroe down for the first time and less than a minute later, Golovkin unleashed a variety of punches sent Monroe down.
Monroe survived the round and even managed to land a few shots to stay in the fight. Monroe actually landed more punches in the fourth round and HBO had him winning the round but it was all mirage as Golovkin dominated the fifth round. Golovkin finished the fight in the sixth round with a right hand that sent Monroe down for the final time.
After the fight, Golovkin stated that he wanted Cotto and Alvarez. Last week, Alvarez finished off Kirkland and he is waiting for the result of the Danny Geale-Miguel Cotto before deciding who to fight. Alvarez, if given the choice, will fight Cotto since this fight may be the most profitable fight for Alvarez and while Cotto has seen his career rejuvenated by Freddy Roach; he is not a natural middleweight so he may even be the easier opponent for Alvarez. Cotto is 34 years old with a lot of miles in the ring and against Alvarez, he will be up against a tough fighter; a decade his junior.
Golovkin strength is not just his power but his defensive prowess. Monroe connected on less than 30% of his punches and he was consider a slick boxer; so Golovkin ability to slips punches allows him to avoid punishment. The only round that Golovkin was outpunched was the fourth round.
Alvarez may have quicker hands and the power to hurt Golovkin but Golovkin ability to cut off the ring and his defensive skills could frustrate Alvarez. Cotto is a good boxer but he doesn’t have the same power quotient than either Golovkin or Alvarez. This is not say that Cotto doesn’t have power but does he have the same power to match Golovkin or Alvarez in a toe to toe brawl? Golovkin is now ready to push for that big PPV fight. While he is an elite fighter, he has now become a fighter that can fill arenas no matter where he fight and a Golovkin-Alvarez would be a major PPV event and worth the money.