Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stops Monroe in 6th

May 17, 2015 12:47 AM by Ross Field

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Gennady Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. 45 seconds into the sixth round Saturday night, retaining his middleweight titles with his 20th consecutive knockout victory.

Nicaragua's Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez also defended his WBC flyweight title in style at the historic Forum with a furious second-round stoppage of Mexican veteran Edgar Sosa.

Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) put on another showcase performance in his adopted home, knocking down Monroe twice in the second round and again in the sixth. After Golovkin floored Monroe with a long series of heavy punches, Monroe declined to continue after his final trip to the canvas.

"I'm done," Monroe told referee Jack Reiss.

The performance delighted a large crowd backing the Kazakh champion who has gone from anonymity to stardom in less than three years.

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