Gennady Golovkin looks to continue his dominance on Saturday night as he takes on Willie Monroe Jr. with his middleweight titles on the line. Not only would a win for the challenger be considered a shocking upset, but even if Monroe is able to lose in a decision he would do what few expected.
Golovkin has registered a knockout in 19 consecutive fights, and Saturday’s match at The Forum in Inglewood, California, is projected to be more of the same. The odds of Golovkin winning by KO, TKO or disqualification have been set at -1200 at Bovada.lv. Golovkin is a -5000 favorite to win in any fashion, and Monroe’s betting odds are +1400.
If Monroe is going to pull off the upset, his best chance is to end the bout early. The odds of Monroe winning by knockout have been set at +2000, while his odds of getting a victory via decision are +3000. The odds of “GGG” winning by decision are +550, and a draw pays 30 to 1.
''Different style for me, but this is a good test for me,'' Golovkin said, via the AP. ''I want to show my fans I beat any style. I can beat a southpaw. I know this fight is not easy for me, but I like a drama show. I like a good fight.''
In his last fight, Golovkin nearly didn’t get his knockout. He beat Martin Murray with an 11th-round TKO on Feb. 21. Four of his last seven fights haven’t gone past the third round.
Both fighters made the 160-pound weight limit at Friday’s weigh in. Golovkin weighed in at 159 pounds, and Monroe came in at 160 pounds.
Golovkin vs. Monroe will not be on pay-per-view, but it can be seen for free by those who have an HBO subscription. Before the main event gets underway, Roman Gonzalez will take on Edgar Sosa. Gonzalez will defend his 112-pound flyweight world championship for the second time.
TV Channel: HBO
Start Time: 10 p.m. ET
Betting Odds: Golovkin-5000, Monroe+1400