By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Gennady Golovkin stopped his 20th consecutive opponent in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old finished Willie Monroe Jr. inside the distance at The Forum in Inglewood, California, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 525) in the UK and on HBO in the States.
Dynamite-fisted Golovkin ended the challenge of the 28-year-old halfway through the fight en-route to retaining his WBA Super, IBO and WBC interim world middleweight titles and moving to 33-0 with 30 stoppages.
In his first southpaw test since victory over Grzegorz Proksa in September, 2012, ‘GGG’ — who stopped Britain’s Martin Murray inside 11 three months ago — was a class above Monroe Jr., who came into the fight on the back of a victory against Texas’ Bryan Vera, from the opening bell.
Monroe Jr. was down twice in round two, from a left hook and then a huge right hand, and round six before succumbing to the relentless pressure of the Kazakhstan national, but he performed as well as he could under the horrendous circumstances facing him, but he was ultimately outgunned against a classy operator.
Meanwhile, Román González shone on his HBO debut to defend the WBC flyweight title against Edgar Sosa.
‘Chocolatito’, or ‘Little Chocolate’, now boasts a perfect record of 43 fights with 37 stoppages and stopped the former light flyweight ruler with 23 seconds remaining in two rounds after flooring the 35-year-old three times.
The 27-year-old Nicaraguan, who has already won world titles in three different weight classes, scored a second notch in defences of the title he won back in September –– and the early finish of Sosa was the first HBO-broadcast flyweight world title contest in 20 years.
Elsewhere, Iván Morales, the younger brother of the legendary Érik, scored a knockout of tough gatekeeper Danny Flores in the final of eight competitive rounds.
While Flores has now lost five of his last six, the undefeated 23-year-old plodded to 28-0 and added a 16th early finish to his unblemished ledger.
And Pedro Duran, 21, also scored a final round knockout of Daniel Perales, to move to 11-0 (8).
Duran, who showed speed and snap in his sensational shot selection from the get-go, scored a knockdown in the first round against a man who was fighting outside of Mexico for the first time, but had to settle for the stoppage with 10 seconds remaining in the last.
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