Sanchez Explains Golovkin Didn’t "Let" Monroe Hit Him

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Abel Sanchez clarified what he thinks Gennady Golovkin meant when his fighter revealed he allowed Willie Monroe Jr. to hit him during a May 16 bout Golovkin won by sixth-round technical knockout.

“It’s not that he allowed Willie to punch him,” said Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “He just lost a little focus. He just allowed the fight to go on. But it’s not that he put his head out there to be hit. He just wanted to experience a little more. But it wasn’t that he allowed [it]. Willie was a very good fighter and obviously a very good fighter is going to land some punches.”

Sanchez suspects that because Golovkin’s previous fight – an embarrassingly easy second-round knockout of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio (59-8-1, 51 KOs) last Oct. 18 at StubHub Center in Carson, California – was so short that the Kazakhstan native wanted to give fans more rounds for their money when he fought Monroe (19-2, 6 KOs) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

“My take on that is that Rubio only went two rounds in Los Angeles and Gennady wanted to give the fans a little [more],” Sanchez said. “Certainly, he’s not taking anything [away from] Willie Monroe. Willie Monroe is a great fighter. I think a lot of people underestimated him. He won the Boxcino tournament. He beat a lot of good fighters coming up. But I don’t think Gennady pressed it like he could’ve after he knocked him down during the second round.”

Golovkin dropped Monroe twice in the second round, but didn’t stop the contender from Rochester, N.Y., until four rounds later, when Monroe informed referee Jack Reiss that he didn’t want to continue after suffering his third knockdown of the fight.

The 33-year-old Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), the interim WBC/WBA “super” middleweight champion, will meet Montreal’s David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), the IBF 160-pound champion, in a 12-round title unification fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden (HBO-Pay-Per-View; $59.99 in HD; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Progrssive_Jedi on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;16132916]" [I]communist[/I] " ? :lol1: far out man[/QUOTE] Lol! [QUOTE=Johnwoo8686;16133015]Good point. I think its bs that he allowed Monroe to hit him. You could clearly see that some of those punches hurt GGG.[/QUOTE] I've watched the fight repeatedly, still can't…

Comment by Nay_Sayer on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=bigjer88;16131546]Golovkin fought Murray immediately prior to Monroe, and it went 11 rounds. [B]I don't know why Sanchez is bringing Rubio up[/B].[/QUOTE] Because Sanchez is making excuses for Bumlovkin's Swiss Cheese defense. They still haven't plugged up Bumlovkin's leaky defense and…

Comment by Johnwoo8686 on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=bigjer88;16131546]Golovkin fought Murray immediately prior to Monroe, and it went 11 rounds. I don't know why Sanchez is bringing Rubio up.[/QUOTE] Good point. I think its bs that he allowed Monroe to hit him. You could clearly see that some…

Comment by IMDAZED on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;16132934]You must be very proud with your outstanding intellectual abilities. Did you take an IQ test?[/QUOTE] I was smart enough not to jump into conversations without fully understanding the context. Can't say that for everyone.

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;16132544]Nah, didn't see him begging to get punched in the ribs.[/QUOTE] You must be very proud with your outstanding intellectual abilities. Did you take an IQ test?

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