Gennady Golokvin’s coach Abel Sanchez believes the middleweight king has a tough challenge on his hands ahead of the Kazakh’s next defense against Willie Monroe Jr on Saturday night.
Sanchez, who has overseen Golokvin’s rise to the top since the WBA and IBO champion made a permanent move stateside, dismissed calls that ‘GGG’ was using Monroe as a stay busy fight and says his fighter just makes great challengers look ordinary.
“I think as far as skills and as far as ability in the ring, Monroe has got to be in the top three, and maybe the top two (in the world at 160),” said Sanchez. “Experience, maybe not quite as experienced as the other guys, but Willie has proven in bigger fights, the Boxcino Tournament for instance, that he can handle himself in the ring, so he’s up there, like I said, one, two, or three. A very, very, very good fighter.
“Willie is a proven and good fighter, so it’s not like we’re fighting a guy that has never been in a situation like this. The difference is he’s going to go in against Golovkin and Golovkin seems to bring these guys down to the level that they’re not much for him. But if Willie brings his A game, I think we’re looking at five or six tough rounds, and then the stretch will be who’s got more in the tank.
“We are preparing for lot of movement and slickness and if Gennady fights a southpaw in the future were better prepared for the style.”
Asked whether Golovkin will be making a considerable step-up in the summer, Sanchez answered: “Well, fortunately we have a real professional in Gennady Golovkin in the gym, so the questions about anybody else are only from the media. In the gym, he’s solely focused on Willie Monroe. Willie Monroe’s going to be a tough challenge, and we’re not overlooking him by any means because if we take a stumble here, all those other names are mute.
“So, Golovkin is concentrating on Willie Monroe, unless of course they ask questions like this, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be ready for, mentally and physically, for May 16th,” 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.