Gennady Golovkin is not even a month removed from a dominant win in Monte Carlo over Martin Murray, and he's already got his next fight date set, as Golovkin and Willie Monroe Jr have agreed to a May 16 fight on HBO.
This news isn't going to get many people excited, but it's a tough situation. A lot of top middleweights simply are not aiming for fights with Golovkin, and that has been the case for years. Some have taken the chance -- Murray, Daniel Geale, Marco Antonio Rubio -- but we've seen guys like Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm, and Hassan N'dam steered clear of Golovkin for years now, since before he was a commodity or a U.S. TV guy at all. It now appears Miguel Cotto is in no rush to fight GGG, and other top names at 160 -- Peter Quillin, Andy Lee, etc. -- are fighting each other.
Monroe (19-1, 6 KO) is not going to be seen as any sort of threat to Golovkin, if we're totally honest. He's a decent fighter, the winner of the 2014 middleweight Boxcino tournament, but on paper is miles away from Golovkin's level. He deserves credit for at least being willing to fight the man, but it's not a matchup that is going to have people waiting in anticipation.
Monroe will have a four-inch reach advantage in the fight, though, and he is a southpaw. So if you're looking for angles to talk yourself into him having a chance, start there.
The main draw for this fight is the date, as the fight will take place three weeks after Klitschko-Jennings, two weeks after Mayweather-Pacquiao, and one week after Canelo Alvarez fights James Kirkland on HBO, making for a full four weeks of big name fights that HBO is either airing or has a hand in putting together.
Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO) may simply be out of even slightly compelling options as a middleweight, and though it's never an easy thing to demand a fighter move up in weight, Golovkin may not find anything interesting until he makes a move to 168, where he may at least face more fighters who are able to deal with his power.
Is it time for Golovkin to move up in weight and look for serious challenges?