GGG: I wanted to fight a southpaw, show I can beat any style
WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is closing on another chance to showcase his crushing power on Saturday night as the two-time WBN Fighter of the Year defends his belts against Willie Monroe Jr.
The 33 year-old, who is widely recognised as the best 160lber on the planet, revealed that Boxcino winner and left-hander Monroe was specifically chosen do to his style as Golovkin aims to add to his amazing knockout record in California on Saturday night.
“I feel great. I feel good now,” said Golovkin. “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 and 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. I’m very anxious. This is a big test for me. I remember a lot of fighters, like Canelo, Cotto, and a lot of great champions have had problems with southpaws. So why not test myself?”
Despite being consistently linked to fights with the likes of Canelo, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, ‘GGG’ is adamant that his current weight class is his main priority as the Kazakh has fixed his crosshairs on facing the likes of Andy Lee and the winner of David Lemieux v Hassan N’Dam.
“I want to fight to unify the titles. For me, it’s very important who is number one; who’s best in the world in the middleweight division. I kind of just see my situation now as just that I’m ready. My focus is on who is number one in the middleweight division.
“It doesn’t matter how many fights per year, five, six, I remember, like Chavez Sr., a lot of great champions, every second month he had a big fight. For me, right now I’m ready for big fight, I’m ready.
“I know I have just maybe couple years, maybe three years, maybe four years, I’m ready for six fights per year. I’m ready for anybody,” he added.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe is a 12-round middleweight world championship bout presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and The Forum. The fight will take place Saturday, May 16 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT, the first bout starts at 4:45 p.m. PT., the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Gonzalez vs. Sosa is presented by K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions.
Tickets for May 16 Golovkin vs. Monroe are priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, plus applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now and available for purchase at the Forum Box Office (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com.