Middleweight knockout artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) extended his knockout streak to 22 wins and remained undefeated after stopping previously unbeaten Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KO’s) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 12 at the Forum in Inglewood, California last night, April 23.
After completely outclassing Wade every minute for as long as the fight lasted, Golovkin retained his WBA, IBF and IBO world middleweight titles to win by knockout.
It was evident from the beginning of the fight that Golovkin’s power bothered Wade as the American fighter from Maryland tried his best to skirt danger and avoid engaging with the hard-hitting Kazakhi.
Golovkin sent Wade down to the canvas for the first time via a right hook to the back of the ear in round one. Wade made it up to his feet and to the sound of the bell.
In the second round, Golovkin continued to stalk Wade, clobbering him with various power shots. Wade tried his best to stay on his feet but a right hand over the top from Golovkin put him down again. This time, the referee repeatedly asked Wade if he was okay to continue, of which he received a reluctant response.
The action continued but another right hook to the temple sealed the deal. Fight was waved off soon after.
“Give me my belt! I’m ready,” Golovkin said in a message to WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “This is a big present for my fans. I’m here now, and I’m here to stay. And I’m not going anywhere. Let’s fight.”
Although a bout with Alvarez would be absolutely massive, fans have also clamored for a Golovkin bout with former pound-for-pound king Andre Ward but Golovkin had no response for this particular call to action.
On the same card, consensus best fighter in the world Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez successfully defended his WBC flyweight title against Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo to win by unanimous decision.
Gonzalez did not appear to be his usual dominant self against lively challenger Arroyo, who gave the sport’s best fighter all that he could handle.
In October of last year, Gonzalez figured in his finest performance to date and his first fight after taking the pound-for-pound mantle from then recently retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. He defeated Filipino-American stalwart Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria to win by knockout in 9 rounds. – By Carlos Cinco
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