WITH a 12-round decision win over Gabriel Rosado a couple of weeks ago, Willie Monroe Jnr has put himself back into the middleweight mix. A sixth-round stoppage loss to Gennady Golovkin last year set him back, but with a potential fight against Canelo Alvarez dangled in front of the winner of his fight against Rosado, Monroe wants to test himself against the best once again.
There has been some criticism over your performance, some writers have called the fight boring. Do you pay much attention to those comments and try to adjust your style, or do you just focus on getting the win?
I focus on the win. A lot of people have bad things to say, but you can’t please everybody. How many times have we seen great fighters and people complain and complain and complain? Nobody ever says ‘you know what, look how smart that was. That was a smart fight he fought.’ I don’t really take any interest in it, I don’t get my feelings caught up. You can’t please everybody and it’s not my job to, my job is to win. A lot of people say ‘he’s a safety first boxer, he doesn’t want to fight.’ When I was in there with the most feared middleweight in the world, for three-and-a-half rounds straight I banged out. Nobody gave me props and said ‘you know what, you stood toe-to-toe with the most feared man out there.’ After I lost, they call me a bum. At the end of the day they’re going to hate me regardless, so why not just go on and win? I’m not going to add insult to injury trying to fight the way you want me to fight. You’re going to hate me, then I lose on top of that? No, no, no. If they hate me, that’s on them.