Gennady Golovkin Earns His 20th Straight Knockout Against Willie Monroe Jr.

Middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin picked up his 20th straight knockout victory this evening with a TKO against American southpaw Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round of their fight at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The terrifying Kazakhstani bomber was his usual stalking and slugging self early in the bout and was able to knock Monroe down twice in the second round — the first time with a lightning-strike of a left hook. But Monroe survived and rallied back, arguably winning round four by staying busier than Golovkin as the champ seemed to fatigue.

In the sixth round, Golovkin gave the crowd what they paid for, wobbling Monroe with a right uppercut and firing follow-up shots until Monroe wilted to the mat. Monroe was able to get to his feet just as referee Jack Reiss counted to ten. Reiss asked Monroe if he wanted to continue; Monroe did not. The finishing sequence is below, via @HBOBoxing.

Golovkin increases his professional record to 33-0 with 29 knockouts, and big-money fights against Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez loom in the distance. The sky’s the limit for GGG.

Earlier on tonight’s HBO card, flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez made a case for himself as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world when he tore through former light-flyweight champ Edgar Sosa in just two rounds. You can see the brutal finish of that match right here.