Legendary badass Gennady Golovkin earned a sixth round TKO over Willie Monroe Jr. to successfully defend the WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight belts on Saturday evening at The Forum in Inglewood.
Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) floored Monroe (19-2, 6 KOs) on three occasions before referee Jack Reiss compassionately ceased the beating 45 seconds into the decisive frame.
Despite getting completely outclassed and badly brutalized, Monroe exhibited tremendous testicular fortitude and even managed to rally in the fourth and fifth.
Unfortunately for “The Mongoose,” in addition to cinder blocks for fists, Golovkin also possesses a granite chin.
“He is strong,” said Monroe, 28, who emerged victorious in the eight-man ESPN Boxcino middleweight tournament. “Golovkin did a good job. He was easy to hit but he takes a good shot.”
Although “The Good Boy” praised Monroe, Golovkin also claimed that he purposely allowed the overmatched challenger to remain standing.
“First of all, I showed him, No. 1, who is the real champ,” said Golovkin, 33, the 2013 Ring Fighter of the Year.
“Second step, I give him a chance and stay here and say, ‘Come on bring it on, let’s do it.’ I knew I did not lose control. This is my big present for you. Saturday night, this is not five minutes. I wanted to show my people. Just show them.”
The 5-foot-11 Golovkin, who secured his 20th consecutive stoppage and retained his 160-pound title for the 14th time, has now knocked out 90.91 percent of his opponents.
Golovkin, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan who has never been toppled in over 375 contests, is a once-in-a-generation pugilist and budding superstar.
“The Good Boy” is an intimidating, ferocious and accurate slugger who may be the world’s premier pound-for-pound boxer.
Regrettably, marquee prizefighters Canelo Alvarez and WBC World middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto continue to avoid GGG like anthrax.
“I stay here. I am the real champion,” said Golovkin, who masterfully cuts off the ring and owns the highest knockout rate in middleweight championship history.
“Canelo? Not the future — right now. I am ready for the big fights. Miguel and Canelo. Right now. Not in the future. I am ready for the big fights right now. The next show. I want unification. Let’s go, let’s do it guys. Who is No. 1 right now? Bring it on. I will show you.”
The 34-year-old Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is simply intimidated by Golovkin and Oscar De La Hoya publicly acknowledged that he won’t let the 24-year-old Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) throw hands with “The Good Boy” until roughly 2017.
So, without an exciting name willing to display courage, Gennady Golovkin will show some poor tomato can who “the real champion” is this September.