Promoter: Unbeaten champ Golovkin has nearly sold out Forum
May. 13, 2015
SANTA MONICA, California (AP) — Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's bout against Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday has nearly sold out the Forum venue, Golovkin's promoter says.
Tom Loeffler tells The Associated Press that the historic Inglewood, California, arena's 12,600-seat configuration for boxing is approaching full capacity.
That's another remarkable achievement for the unbeaten Golovkin. The former Kazakh Olympian was unknown in North America less than three years ago.
Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) has won his last 19 fights by stoppage, building an insider fan base that is going mainstream with his prominent spots on HBO's boxing lineup.
Saturday's show also gets a box-office boost with the inclusion of Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, the WBC flyweight champion fighting Edgar Sosa on the undercard. Gonzalez has a passionate following in Los Angeles' expatriate Nicaraguan community.