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Willie Monroe Jr: Gennady looks concerned

Willie Monroe Jr is either ratcheting-up his own self-belief, or is a little delusional.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Willie Monroe Jr is slated to face off with knockout artist Gennady Golovkin on May 16th. Monroe certainly has good boxing ability, but the vast majority of fans believe he's just another speed bump on Gennady's meteoric rise. But Monroe doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks he's seen signs of worry from Gennady, and tells FightHype all about it.

"My arms are a lot longer than his, so I have some physical advantages. But if you watch the staredown between me and Triple G, look at his eyes, man. He looks a little concerned. It's not like the staredown he did with Curtis Stevens and Matthew Macklin. Even the staredown he did against Gabe Rosado, and Rosado towers over him by a good 2 1/2 inches. His staredown with me, if you look in his eyes, he looks a little bit concerned. He looks like he thinks he's bit off a little bit more than he can chew."

Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) is currently sporting a 30% KO ratio, so I highly doubt Gennady is worried about getting pummeled. Moreover, the mere fact that Monroe is mentioning 'concern' in Gennady's eyes seems to fly right in the face of Golovkin's fearsome reputation. So if Monroe is unlikely to KO Gennady, how likely is it that he is able to outbox a man with Golovkin's amateur pedigree?

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