Tickets are already nearly sold out for the upcoming bout between Gennady Golovkin and Dominic Wade.
The 33-year-old Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) will defend the WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight belts versus the 25-year-old Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Golovkin most recently scored an eighth-round TKO over Canadian slugger David Lemieux to unify middleweight titles in October at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In contrast to the relatively active Golovkin, Wade hasn’t fought since winning a split decision over journeyman Sam Soliman last June.
“Tickets have been selling fast since we put them on sale less than a month ago and we are on pace to have another complete sell out,” said Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin. “Coming off a sold out Madison Square Garden on October 17 with over 20,000 boxing fans, Gennady is demonstrating once again his ability to headline a sold out event. All of the ticket prices are selling fast with our $30 seats already sold out and we strongly encourage fans to purchase their tickets quickly.”
Wade has trumped a fleet of tomato cans since debuting as a professional in March 2009. However, Golovkin was essentially forced to accept Wade’s challenge after Canelo Alvarez announced that he would defend the WBC world middleweight championship against fragile Englishman Amir Khan on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The WBC announced in January that Alvarez must face Golovkin in a 2016 unification bout. Shortly after the WBC’s announcement, the 5-foot-9 Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) dropped his absurd request for a catchweight and verbally agreed to battle the 5-foot-10 Golovkin as a true, 160-pound middleweight. However, Alvarez was given permission to meet an alternate opponent in the interim so he can “safely” gain weight before throwing fists with Golovkin. Hence, Alvarez’s choice to scrap the unimposing Khan and Golovkin’s decision to face the unaccomplished Wade.
Nicknamed “The Good Boy,” Golovkin is a once-in-a-generation pugilist and the world’s premier pound-for-pounder. GGG secured his 21st straight stoppage and retained his 160-pound strap for the 15th time versus the 26-year-old Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs). Golovkin is a menacing, savage and accurate striker who has never been grounded in over 380 affairs. GGG masterfully cuts off the ring and possesses a granite chin and cinder blocks for fists. Golovkin has now knocked out 91 percent of his opponents and is 15-0 in title contests.
After “The Good Boy” brutalizes Dominic Wade in front of “another complete sell out,” Canelo Alvarez will finally have to accept getting bludgeoned by Gennady Golovkin this autumn.