SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2016 – Entering The Forum in Los Angeles, middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin made a complete lap of the floor with his trainer Abel Sanchez with all three of his championship belts on full display for the elated fans who came to see him fight challenger Dominic Wade.
You had to wonder whether the ring walk would last longer than the bout itself. It nearly was.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) only needed five and a half minutes to stop Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) in front of 16,353 elated fans. Golovkin had not so subtly telegraphed he was going for a quick win in interviews, and he came out with guns blazing.
It was in Wade’s best interests to try and strike early, in the event he got lucky. He tried, going to the body as low as he could get away with, and aiming for Golovkin’s head. But it didn’t take long for Golovkin to land his first hand right to Wade’s head. Near the end of round one, GGG connected with an overhand right to the top of Wade’s slightly turned head, similar to the punch that stopped Marco Antonio Rubio. Wade got up, fortunate the round was nearly over.
But the spoiler alert had sounded. Wade came out for Round 2 knowing he wouldn’t get much more time, and tried to unload as best he could. Golovkin made it clear by the look in his eyes he wanted to end it quick and make a statement loud enough to be heard all the way 100 miles south to San Diego and Canelo Alvarez’s training camp. Golovkin landed left and right hooks to the body, hurting Wade. Wade threw a few punches, several landing. Golovkin smiled and gestured as if to say, “see, go ahead, bring it, you can’t hurt me.”
With a left to the body, a right to the head, following by a snapping left jab, and then a vicious right to the head, Wade was down again and on his knees. He staggered to his feet. Referee Jack Reiss had a conversation with Wade, making sure he understood his decision if he chose to continue. He did. Wade got 30 more seconds before Golovkin hit Wade with a another combination ended in a right to the arm for the final blow, and Reiss counted Wade out at 2:37 of the second round.
“Muchas gracias, my fans,” said Golovkin after the fight. Whether the fans heard much of the rest is up for debate due to the thunderous cheering. Los Angeles has thoroughly embraced this unlikely adopted son.
“It was my plan. I’m playing a game,” said Golovkin. “I give him a chance, maybe a one percent chance. It’s possible, but I’m just playing here.”
Wade said after the bout, “I tried to get comfortable I was not able to get comfortable once he started hitting me. He’s a great champion. He does everything well. His power is real.”
“He makes good fighters look amateurish,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. After the fight, Sanchez says he’s never seen Golovkin hit someone with 100 percent of his capacity in the ring, not even in training.
The inevitable question was asked by HBO’s Max Kellerman – who’s next? “Of course I need big name for a big fight, a present for fans.” Is that big name Canelo Alvarez? “It doesn’t matter who wins, just give me my belt. I need my belt.”
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions said the team will wait and see what happens between Alvarez and Amir Khan in May, then see what happens. If the Alvarez fight can’t be made, or made right away, Loeffler says they will first pursue another middleweight opponent with a title. This would mean WBO title holder Billy Joe Saunders of Great Britain or WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs of the U.S.
However it shakes out, two more bouts are on the schedule this year. Loeffler said the focus is to unify the middleweight division, and any other fights under consideration in other weight divisions are secondary.
Will Golovkin call out Canelo after his bout May 7? “No, that’s not my style. He knows, I know, everybody knows the situation,” said Golovkin. “We’ll see you in Las Vegas in two weeks,” said Loeffler.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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