Gennady Golovkin smashes Dominic Wade in 2 rounds
By Joseph Correa
LOS ANGELES: IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) meant business when entering the ring Saturday night against IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) dropping him three times en route to a knockout victory in the second round over the previously undefeated challenger.
Wade came out trying to get a fast start landing a few good body shots and attempting to counter over Golovkins jab and grabbing him in close. Despite Wades attempts to keep his opponent off Golovkin kept coming forward and stalking him, landing big, accurate shots eventually dropping him with a hard right hand behind the ear with 10 seconds left in the first round.
This was the beginning of the end and everyone including Wade seemed to know it. At the start of the second round, Golovkin once again stunned Wade with a big right hand and kept the pressure on. It was at this point that Golovkin did what seems to be his trademark of allowing his opponent to land shots as if to say "you cannot hurt me" and then immediately followed up his opponents shots with his own dropping Wade with a combination. Wade managed to get to his feet but looked defeated almost prompting the referee to take a real close look and ask him a few times if he wished to continue. Wade seemed to throw caution to the wind and started throwing big punches in hopes to land something significant, instead, he was caught by another big right hand that dropped him and left him unable to beat the count.
This marks the 22nd knockout straight for Golovkin and the 16th title defense which is only 4 short of Bernard Hopkins who holds the record for middleweight title defenses.
So who is next for Golovkin? Max Kellerman said it best in the post fight analysis. Golovkin has yet to fight anyone to this point and needs a significant fight to be considered a true pound for pound great like Hopkins before him.
Feature Photo: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill