In A Showtime Televised Fight:

Willie Monroe Jr. - Too Much Speed – Too Much Power for Thompson

By Randy Greg

PHOTO: Jerome Davis

PHOTO: Jerome Davis

Last Saturday night Rochester’s Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KO’s) won a unanimous decision by defeating John Thompson (17-3, 6 KO’s) in a Showtime televised fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.  Two previous Boxing champions, Willie in 2014 and Thompson in 2015 squared off after both having lost their previous fights in the ring.  

The first round started off a bit slow as both were feeling each other out but the second round sped up real quick as Monroe caught Thompson with an overhand left. He caught him flush on the cheek but it was more of a push off than a hit.  Either way it sent Thompson to the canvass for a 10 count.  Thompson quickly bounced back up as if to say “I’m not hurt”.  

Throughout the rounds Monroe continued to show his crafty speed and in the 5th round he caught Thompson with a straight right jab that again sent Thompson on his back.  Thompson got back up and in the 6th round switched from southpaw to orthodox.  

The fight slowed a bit after that as Monroe looked to maintain his comfortable lead and mainly throw punches to counter Thompson’s attack.  When it was all said and done the judges’ scored the fight 95-93, 96-92, and 99-89, all for Monroe.

It was an impressive return for Willie Monroe Jr. so let’s wait and see what he has in store next.