By Tim Nielson: Southpaw middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) showed off his skills last Saturday night in dazzling the crowd with a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision victory over former ESPN Boxcinco tourney winner John Thompson (17-3, 6 KOs) at the Turning Stone resort in Verona, New York.
Monroe, 29, looked blazing fast and very powerful in winning a dominating 10 round decision over the game but limited 27-year-old Thompson. The southpaw Monroe Jr. was throwing heat from the opening round, and was giving Thompson all he could handle.
Monroe Jr. dropped Thompson twice in the fight. He knocked him down in the 2nd and 5th rounds. The results of both knockdowns saw Thompson spring up off the canvas in good shape and not hurt in any way. In other words, they were flash knockdowns. The knockdown in round two was from a cuffing right hand to the head. The gloves never touched Thompson. In knockdown in the 5th was a trip by Thompson after getting hit by a jab from Monroe.
Throughout the fight, Monroe showed off his brilliant hand speed. He was jabbing and hitting Thompson with fast left hooks to the head. Monroe focused mostly on throwing head shots, although he did go to the body on occasion. Monroe was waiting most of the time before throwing his power shots. He wasn’t willing to take the lead to throw his punches first.
It looked like he didn’t want to take any risks that would lead to him getting hit with one of Thompson’s counters. Monroe got nailed pretty good in the 5th after he dropped Thompson. Monroe got greedy and tried to finish Thompson off. This resulted in Thompson connecting with a big right to the head of Monroe that knocked him off balance temporarily. Monroe showed a good chin by not going down. A lot of fighters would have if they were hit blindly like Monroe was in that round.
Thompson had not fought in eight months since his loss to Liam Walsh in October 2015. Monroe had been out of action for 13 months since his loss to Gennady Golovkin in May 2015. Monroe had been doing so well with his career up until his loss to Golovkin. It was probably a mistake on Monroe’s part for him to stay out of action this long because he could have easily regained his stride after his loss to Triple G.
Monroe, 29, has a lot of talent, and he should be able to get his career back on the right track if he stays busy and doesn’t take any more long breaks.
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