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20 Straight Knockouts for GGG

Gennady Golovkin toyed with Monroe in a lopsided victory

Middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin (33-0-0, 30 KOs) marches on, this time knocking out Willie Monroe Jr. (19-2-0, 6 KOs) in the sixth round at the Forum Arena in Los Angeles, California.

The Kazakh boxer looked unstoppable early on, knocking Monroe down two times in the 2nd round. He toyed with Monroe for the remainder, giving the fans a great show by his own admission. His knockout victory Saturday night was his 20th since June of 2008 (wow), and he doesn’t look to be slowing down after turning 33 last month.

Golovkin, known as “GGG,” has a wide international following and holds the highest KO ratio in middleweight championship history with a 90.9% knockout percentage. The reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion has never been knocked down, or knocked out, in over 375 fights (amateur and professional).

Against Monroe, he landed 49% of his power shots (116 of 238) and demonstrated again that he’s one of the hardest punchers in boxing.

Golovkin’s next fight is a bit of a mystery. The fighter called out both Miguel Cotto (39-4-0, 32 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) during his post-fight interview, but the two fighters are more likely to fight each other after Cotto’s June 6 defense against Daniel Geale. The winner of that fight could take on Golovkin, in what would certainly be the type of super-fight the boxing community welcomes, and needs.

Molina up next for Bronze Bomber

Deontay Wilder Deontay Wilder is lined up to fight the real life Eric Molina
 UAB’s Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama will host the next great American heavyweight fight between undefeated WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder (33-0-0, 32 KOs) and “Drummer Boy” Eric Molina (23-2-0, 17 KOs) of Raymondville, Texas. Tuscaloosa native Wilder will have home-ring advantage over Molina, whose last fight was a TKO victory over Raphael Zumbano Love.Wilder is coming off a very impressive victory over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) where he garnered his first title belt. The other three are held by Wladimir Klitschko (64-3-0, 53 KOs), who won a title defense against the surprising American, Bryant Jennings (19-1-0, 10 KOs).It’s a little surprising that Birmingham won the fight over the likes of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Montreal. Wilder, though, wanted to defend his title in Alabama and has certainly established himself as a celebrity in his home state.Molina was knocked out in the first round by Chris Arreola (36-4-0, 31 KOs) in early 2012, but has steadily moved up the rankings by stringing together victories against his subsequent opponents. He’s at number 9 in the WBC rankings. Wilder, obviously, is the champion at number one.This should be a fairly lopsided fight in Wilder’s favor – I predict a knockout – but could turn out dangerously for Wilder if he overlooks Molina. Wilder certainly doesn’t sound like he’s going to let that happen:

 He’s definitely going to have to come bring it. You talk about struggle. You talk about being down. You talk about sacrificing a lot of things. Look around to the next person, that’s everybody’s struggle. I’m from the west side of the town in Tuscaloosa. Ain’t nothing been given to me, ever. I haven’t been born with a silver spoon. That belt wasn’t given either. I can’t allow no man to come in and take what I’ve earned. No matter where you’re from and how you’re training and I’m glad you’re training, but I don’t want to hear no excuses. No one’s coming to take food off my plate.

The fight will be a great watch of two American heavyweights.

Canelo Drops Kirkland
James Kirkland was pasted by Canelo Alvarez in their May 9th bout

Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) hearkened shades of Pacquiao/Marquez when he threw the surprise devastating knockout punch that sent James Kirkland (31-2-0, 28 KOs) down for the count in Houston’s Minute Maid Park. Kirkland literally didn’t see the punch coming, a slug to the jaw in the third round which sent him reeling to the canvas.

A Mexican celebrity, the vicious Canelo traded huge hits with Kirkland early on in the fight, but it slowly became lopsided in Alvarez’s favor as Kirkland’s face swelled from several huge hits.

As we previously alluded to, Miguel Cotto is likely up next for Canelo – and if that fight happens, bet the farm that the winner will take on GGG in a middleweight title fight for the ages.


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