Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade: Winner, Recap and Knockout Reaction

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2016

INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 23:  Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan celebrates a second round TKO of Dominic Wade during his unified middleweight title fight at The Forum on April 23, 2016 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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WBA, IBF, interim WBC and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO) made quick work of Dominic Wade (18-1) on Saturday night in Inglewood, California. Almost no one was surprised to see Golovkin dominate.

UCN's Steve Kim summed up the bout and used Wade's pre-fight trash talk against him:

Even NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed to see GGG's victory as just another day at the office for the Kazakh champion:

Golovkin dropped Wade in the first round with a right hand on top of the head. Wade's equilibrium was thrown off by the shot, but he wasn't badly hurt—yet. Wade made it out of the first round, but it was clear his confidence was gone.

In the second round, Golovkin wrecked Wade with an unrelenting assault of power shots, HBO Boxing has the first knockdown of the second round and the final one:

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This was an epic mismatch, and anyone who knows the sport saw it as that. At one point in the second, Golovkin seemed to allow Wade to land punches on his face Ivan Drago-style. Golovkin took them and ended matters shortly after.

Wade was undefeated coming in, but his toughest opponent was a 41-year-old Sam Soliman in his last fight. 

Wade struggled to win a split decision in that bout. It didn't take a rocket scientist to assume he'd have serious issues with Golovkin, who has garnered a huge following for his destructive style and pristine finishes.

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Saturday night's KO win was the 22nd straight in his career. Still, he hasn't faced the type of opponent who can solidify him as a true great in the sport. That opponent could be WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, but there are some who don't believe the Mexican superstar will ever fight Golovkin.

Still, Golovkin wants to remove the "interim" tag from his WBC title. Canelo is scheduled to face Amir Khan in a title defense on May 7. When asked who he believes will win that scrap, GGG told HBO's Max Kellerman, per HBO Boxing:

Golovkin is definitely a star, but he still needs to find and defeat his signature foe before he can be called a superstar.

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