Golovkin: "Just give me my belt" on Canelo-Khan, after Wade KO
By Daniel Zaldivar
April 23, 2016
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - In typical fashion, Gennady Golovkin once again added to his knockout streak, as he stopped Dominic Wade inside two rounds on Saturday April 23 from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Golovkin, who just celebrated his 34th birthday earlier this month, sent Wade to the canvas in the very first round. Wade had put up his undefeated record, but had never faced anyone from the likes of a fighter as Golovokin. The boxer from Kazakhstan who now resides on the beaches of Santa Monica, Calif., had previously toyed with his previous opponents by purposely taking shots. He briefly displayed this same behavior within these short two rounds and took a few punches from the 26-year-old Wade (18-1, 12 KOs). However, Golovkin smelled blood in the water quickly and finished the show in his usual fashion.
It was not a close fight. Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) just exuded his humility and showing respect to his opponent. Billy Joe Saunders was supposed to be across the ring from the Kazakh athlete, however, an agreement could not be made between both camps. So as a result, Wade stepped up to the plate as being the next mandatory challenger and looked to shock the world. Wade, who made a career high payday of $500,000, was seen as a huge underdog coming into the bout. Once he felt the power of Golovkin and hit the floor a total of three times, he knew why that was the case.
Canelo Alvarez, who holds the WBC middleweight title, has been on Golovkin's radar for the better part of a year now. This has been termed as the next mega fight in the sport with both fighters each having fan friendly styles. Alvarez is an official middleweight champion, but has never fought above 155 pounds. Middleweights are technically considered to be at 160 pounds while the division below is 154 pounds, which is labeled as super welterweight where Alvarez has fought a good amount of his fights at. Both Alvarez and his promoter Golden Boy have been open to the this potential matchup and have stated it will happen. Amir Khan is currently next to step across the ring from Alvarez on May 7 and the winner, according to the WBC rules, would fight Golovkin next as he is the mandatory challenger for the WBC title.
He [Golovkin] is looking for a marquee matchup with the likes of an Alvarez or potentially a Khan, who would surely be insane in stepping into the squared circle with Golovkin. Alvarez is expected to defeat Khan and the conversation with a possible Golovkin fight will continue to "marinate," as Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions has previously stated. A bout with Alvarez would surely be more lucrative, appealing, and more competitive as opposed to anybody else, but at the end of the day, Golovkin maintains his desire to unify all the belts within the division.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & page2sports.com. He is the founder and CEO of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YoutTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
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