Middleweight, Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs), made a successful defense of his WBA and IBF titles, defeating Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) last night at The Forum in Los Angeles. The featured bout was televised on HBO Boxing before a sellout crowd of more than 16 thousand boxing fans.
Golovkin wasted little time making a statement, clearly landing hard crushing blows on Wade from the first bell and totally schooled him the entire length of the short fight. With such power in his punches, Golovkin is surely destined to go down in history as one of the greatest power punchers in history.
Wade did the best he could, but quickly realized the stunning power of Golovkin. As round 1 was coming to an end, Golovkin fired off a lightning speed punch to the head that knocked Wade down for a count. Wade survived the round, but it was clear at that point that this was going to be a short night for Golovkin.
Early in round 2, Wade was dropped for a second time and it was apparent this knockdown took it’s toll on him. Golovkin could sense the end and it was apparent he would not be able to stretch this fight out to last at least a few more rounds. A barrage of combinations followed by a blistering right by Golovkin would drop Wade for a final time and unable to beat the count. Referee Jack Reiss did a great job keeping tabs on Wade, constantly monitoring him and making sure he was able to continue.
It was Wades first loss of his professional career, he was a big underdog going into the fight and in reality was out of his league for this fight. We did not see the true Dominic Wade this fight because Golovkin sized him up early. Wade did manage to land a few shots, but they were single shot punches and no fighter is going to beat Gennady Golovkin with that strategy.
For Golovkin, it was knockout number 22 in a row, he simply owns the division and one can’t argue that. The fight everyone really wants to see is the much-anticipated bout with Canelo Alvarez, time will tell.
Canelo Alvarez will defend his WBC middleweight title May 7, against Amir Khan in Las Vegas at an agreed 155-pound catchweight. Alvarez is favored to win, but as we know anything can happen in Boxing. If Alvarez does in fact, beat Khan, he will have 15 days to begin negotiations with Golovkin which is mandatory or risk being stripped of the title.The negotiations should be interesting at the very least, Golovkin has made it clear he will not drop down in weight. One thing is perfectly clear, a Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez scrap would be a mega-fight with the potential to be fight-of-the-year, whenever that year is determined.
It’s a fight boxing fans want to see, it’s a fight that deserves to happen in the middleweight division. Without a doubt, both fighters are at the top of their game and would make this an interesting and entertaining fight to watch.