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Monroe came out moving in the first round to some success and managed to avoid anything of consequence from Golovkin. In the second round, things were very different. To signal the beginning of the end Golovkin dropped Monroe with a wicked lone left hook that sent the American down.
Monroe was dropped again along the ropes by an over-hand right in the second but, Monroe showed the heart of a warrior as he not only beat the count but turned in what has to be a small moral victory for him. Monroe actually boxed and traded well even swelling the eye of GGG after the second and won some rounds.
But alas it wasn’t enough to stop the Kraken that is Golovkin. In the sixth GGG landed a hard combination that sent Monroe down. Barely beating the count referee Jack Reiss waived off the fight as Monroe said “I’m done” calling a halt to the action.
After the fight Max Kellerman spoke to Golovkin about his desire to fight one of the elite middleweights, Golokin said: “I stay here, I am the real champion”, “I want unification. Let’s go, let’s do it guys.”
On fighting Canelo Alvarez: “Canelo, not the future. Right now, I am ready for the big fights.” In a reference to Canelo Alvarez saying in the future he would face Golovkin once he grew into the middleweight division.
112 pound Flyweight Champion Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez lived up to every bit of the hype in his bid to demonstrate to the world that his name belongs with the best pound for pound. Gonzalez 43-0 37KO’s stopped Edgar Sosa 51-9 30KO’s in the second round as he dropped him three times.
Gonzalez was a menace in the ring and subtly does everything well. He controls the distance, doesn’t smother on the inside, cuts the ring, and has top shelf footwork. Chocolatito is the complete package. He absolutely dominated Sosa and put a stamp on the envelope for the little guys.
Ivan Morales 28-0 16KO’s stopped Danny Flores at 47 seconds of the eighth round of his international televised fight that wasn’t shown in the US. Morales boxed well but still showed some flaws in his game. At just 23 years of age there is still time for him to improve and develop his fight game.
The crowd responded with boos after the stoppage as it appeared referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the fight prematurely as Perales didn’t look seriously hurt. Hedgepeth is a solid referee and may have seen something in Perales he didn’t like to warrant ending the contest.
The second bout of the evening was a women’s fight in the super flyweight division featuring East Los Angeles native Seniesa Estrada 4-0 1KO and Carly Batey 4-5-2 of San Diego. The fight carried action throughout, even with a hair malfunction that required the referee to adjust or remove bobby pins from Estrada’s braid.
Estrada can box, and Batey definitely didn’t come to lose as the two warriors traded shots in combination. Estrada landed a hard straight left in the fifth round that put Batey down for the only knockdown of the fight.
Estrada won the six round bout via unanimous decision.
Opening the undercard Ruslan Madiyev 5-0 3KO’s of Karaganda Kazakhstan stopped Julio Sanchez 1-2 with a thudding over-hand right that landed over a lazy jab from Sanchez. Sanchez went down in the first round from a combination to the body showing it was only a matter of time.