Friday, April 3, 2015

Willie Monroe Jr - From Friday Night Fights To Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin's next opponent didn't just walk in off the street

One of the things I'm going to miss the most about ESPNs Friday Night Fights is the fact that I knew I might be seeing a star of tomorrow when I watched the cards on a Friday night. Ruslan Povodnikov. Chris Algieri. These are two recent FNF grads who have moved on to far bigger things. The latest is middleweight Willie Monroe Jr.

I really enjoyed watching the guy win last year's Boxcino Tournament on FNF. Not only was he fast and talented, he was gracious in victory - something that's not as common as it should be. Now, Monroe has really reached the big time. Needless to say, it's dangerous at the top.

For this May, the former FNF star will be facing none other than ferocious title holder Gennady Golovkin. Oh, Miguel Cotto may be the lineal middleweight champ at the moment, but everyone knows who the man may well be at 160, even perhaps Cotto himself.

Some will claim that's why Monroe has his shot this spring...because no one else wants to face a man whose knocked out almost one hundred percent of his opponents. Their loss may be Monroe's gain, however. Although the odds are clearly against the man, Monroe is no mere tuneup. He's a guy who can box and box well.

In short, he's the best available opponent to face the feared Golovkin - and that's saying something.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: FNF does it right. Enjoy it while you still can.

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