Golovkin not looking past Monroe Jr., wants “big drama show!”
“I want to fight a southpaw because I want to show everybody that I can beat any style, it doesn’t matter. Anybody, strong guy, tall guy, short guy, just anybody.” Gennady Golovkin said over the phone on a media conference call for his May 16th fight at the LA Forum against Willie Monroe Jr. Golovkin, who got quite a bit of publicity unexpectedly after the Floyd Mayweather win, when EPSN’s Teddy Atlas asked for Mayweather to next fight Golovkin. The buzz though seems to have not let anything effect his mindset leading into this fight.
“Of course, it is my dream fight. 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!” said Golovkin when asked about the potential fight manifesting itself in the near future against Floyd Mayweather. Golovkin over the past three years has been a force to be reckon with as he demolished and outclassed the middleweight division so badly that it is hard to even imagine a competitive fight in the division so much so that pundits are asking, rightly or wrongly, for legacy sake, Golovkin should move up or down in weight.
Still longtime trainer Abel Sanchez reflects that with all the new attention Golovkin has not changed one bit. “In the gym, he’s solely focused on Willie Monroe. Willie Monroe’s going to be a tough challenge, and we’re not overlooking him by any means because if we take a stumble here, all those other names are mute.” Sanchez said sincerely. Golovkin has been lobbying for “the big fight” for quite sometime now as it seems that the Kazakhstanian fighter is searching for his first foray into the world of pay-per-view sooner rather than later as a dominant performance over the Boxcino middleweight champion, Monroe, can grant him into that realm.
Golovkin once again reflected upon the tough stylistic nature of Monroe Jr. being a southpaw as he reflected “… [I] remember a lot of fighters, like Canelo, Cotto, and a lot of great champions have have problems with southpaws. So why not test myself?” Golovkin, who has been the number one contender for Miguel Cotto’s WBC middleweight title is hoping that major fights come to fruition as it appears Cotto, a natural junior middleweight, is not too keen on the idea of fighting Golovkin especially with a career resurgence and a lot of money on the table for him right now after signing with Roc Nation aka Throne Boxing.
“I feel great. I feel good now. This fight is really important for my career, and for everybody, for my people, for my team. 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 takes on Willie Monroe Jr. on May 16th at The LA Forum in Inglewood, CA that will be broadcast worldwide by HBO Boxing, tickets are still available.