WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, of Los Angeles, California via Karaganda, Kazakhstan will make the 14th defense of his title against top rated challenger Willie Monroe Jnr, of Ithaca, New York on Saturday, May 16 at The Forum in Inglewood.
On February 21 in Monte-Carlo, Golovkin stopped Martin Murray for his 19th consecutive win by knockout, the most in the history of the middleweight division. This will be Golovkin’s second fight in Los Angeles, having stopped former world title challenger Marco
Antonio Rubio on October 18, 2014 before a record setting crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub! Center in Carson, CA.
Monroe Jr. won the acclaimed 2014 ESPN Boxcino Tournament defeating fellow contenders Donatas Bondorovas, Vitaliy Kopylenko and Brandon Adams towards the title.
Most recently Monroe Jr. won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryan Vera on January 16 in a bout telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Monroe is currently ranked #2 by the WBA, #5 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC.