I am one of many fans and writers who has been calling for years for one of the American networks to bring Roman Gonzalez to the U.S. Audience. He’s one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound stars at this point, an undefeated, three-division world champion.
Saturday night, he extended his record to 43-0 with 37 KOs when he dropped tough veteran Edgar Sosa in Round 2. American fans have been watching him light up some of the best small fighters in the world on Youtube for years now. It was a big deal to finally have him on a big-time broadcast.
In the main event, undefeated middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin extended his KO streak to 20 straight fights when he stopped game challenger Willie Monroe Jr. in six. GGG hammered Monroe in Round 2, dropping him twice. Somehow, Monroe gutted out the round and came back strong in the fourth and fifth rounds, landing quick, flush-combinations against the champion.
Golovkin turned up his attack in Round 6 and dropped Monroe with a brutal shot. Monroe beat the count, but informed the referee that he had taken enough. It was a smart decision. Monroe had been fighting a scrappy and energetic fight, outworking GGG at times. But he lacked the power to keep Golovkin at bay throughout the fight.
By the end of the fight, Golovkin’s eyes showed some signs of swelling and abuse. But once again, he showed an incredible ability to absorb punches and continue implementing his attack.
GGG has been the most avoided fighter in the sport in recent years and the fact that he got hit with a few punches might help convince other top boxing stars to finally climb into the ring with him. Then again, recording his 20th straight stoppage probably didn’t do much to weaken his image.
With the right opponent, Golovkin is ready to be a pay-per-view headliner. That should be enough to draw out the bold Canelo Alvarez. Together, GGG and Alvarez could stage the biggest drama show of the year.