Monroe motivated by underdog tag, relishing Golovkin challenge

Phil Jay 16/05/2015

Middleweight world title challenger Willie Monroe is under no illusions of the task that faces him on Saturday night but says he wouldn’t have it any other way against pound for pound contender Gennady Golovkin.

The 27 year-old faces his toughest test by some margin at The Forum in Inglewood, California and believes having the odds stacked against him will only spur him on to pull off what would be a major shock against the formidable Kazakh.

“I mean, what he’s done is he’s proven himself. And he’s widely known as the best middleweight out there, so you can’t argue with it, and obviously, I’m up there around two or number three, so that’s why I’m thankful for this fight. So, I can’t chop the man down. I won’t sit up here and chop him down because once I win, then I’ll be chopping myself,” said Monroe.

“I think my whole career from the amateurs all the way up to now has prepared me for this opportunity. I mean I had 142 amateur fights, I’m a three time national champion.

“I fought in Boxcino – I mean, Gennady is a little bit of a mixture of everyone I fought in Boxcino all the way up to Bryan Vera. So I think this is the pinnacle, and it’s my job to go in and do what I do best.

“I mean, after this fight is over, and I’m the new WBA champion, I will tell you guys a little story, and give you guys a little insight on my personal life, but I say that to say this. I’ve been the underdog since I was conceived in my mother’s womb, and I mean that literally; that’s not a figure of speech. I mean that literally.

“So, being an underdog is what I relish because those are the moments where I rise to the occasion and do—sometimes I surprise myself with how good I do, so I’m in my element. If I was the favorite, then I’d be a little worried, but being the underdog is what I actually relish because it motivates me to do what I need to do.”

Monroe continued: “At the end of the day, it’s all about what I do. I mean, it doesn’t matter the pedigree or where you come from or what the name is, it’s all about how you apply yourself and what you do in the ring and what you do in training camp leading up to the fight. So, I really try not to live off what my dad and my uncle did. I’m creating my own legacy, and my own right, and as of right now, I’ve made it further than both of them already.

“Everything is good. This is the fight I’ve wanted. This is the fight I said I wanted right after Boxcino.

“A lot of people are insinuating that oh, you must be getting paid a lot of money. I mean, this is the fight I asked for. When all the blogs and different interviews, they asked me what middleweight would you like to fight? I said Gennady Golovkin. I mean, he’s the best. So, you either go hard or go home.

“I mean, look what he’s accomplished as a fighter; 19 straight knockouts. He made his American debut in 2012, and he’s knocked out everybody thus far. And I mean like why wouldn’t you want to take that cloak of invincibility from somebody? And, I mean, I’m the one that can do it.

“But, I mean, once the bell rings, and on May 16th nobody can get in there and fight for him, nobody can get in there and fight for me, it’s all about what we apply and what we adjust to that night and may the best man win.”

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.