Gennady Golovkin takes on mandatory challenger Dominic Wade this Saturday 23rd April at The Forum in Inglewood Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Golovkin v Wade bout is set for the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC interim middleweight titles.
Undefeated in 34 bouts (31KOs) Golovkin is currently #3 ranked pound for pound by The Ring Magazine. He has never been knocked down in over 400 fights, neither as an amateur nor as a professional. He will be looking for his 22nd consecutive stoppage win over an uninspiring opponent Dominic Wade. Wade’s unique notable win is a split decision over Australia’s Sam Solimon.
This could have been something bigger!
Last November rising boxing star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez defeated future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto in a highly anticipated and exciting catch weight fight for the WBC middleweight title. This outcome excited the fans around the world with the chance for a Canelo v Golovkin WBC unification bout. The result should stylistically bring the fireworks. It should also provide Golovkin a chance to prove himself against a boxing star. Although, Canelo had other ideas.
Alvarez who was the definite PvP star and the ‘A’ side in negotiations with Golovkin’s camp, demanded the championship to be held at a catch weight of 155lbs, not the middleweight limit of 160lbs. This became and still is a sticking point for this fight. I personally hold Canelo responsible for this fight not being made. He and his team are the ‘A’ side and have the influence in the negotiations to make it happen. If he wanted it – it would have happened. After negotiations collapsed, Canelo chose to bring glass-chinned Amir Khan up from welterweight to fight in the newly created ‘Caneloweight’ division – a catch weight of 155lbs for the middleweight title.
Golovkin was forced to fight the IBF mandatory Dominic Wade or lose this title. In any case the options for Golvkin are starting to look a little thin at middleweight. No real money fights available and no real fights that will earn him genuine respect from the boxing community. His only option might be to move up in weight and challenge some of the light-heavyweights such as Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson, Fonfara, Chavez Jnr or the semi-retired Andre Ward… To catch weight fights from super-middleweight.
The Golovkin v Wade fight will end in another stoppage. It will increase Golovkin’s KO ratio of 91% which is the highest in middleweight history. It will be entertaining for casual boxing fans. Another positive for the card is that Roman Gonzales, who is the current P4P fighter in the world, will continue the trend of fighting in a co-event with Golovkin.
The Golovkin v Wade bout reportedly airs in Australia on Sunday 24th April 2016.