WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) made easy work of previously undefeated Dominic Wade, stopping the overmatched fighter in Round two at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. Saturday night. The knockout was the 22nd in a row for Golovkin.
Wade talked the talk before the bout. His plan to was to outbox Golovkin.
But as the legendary former heavyweight champion Joe Louis once said, "Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit."
Golovkin stalked Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) in the opening stanza. He used his jab as a range finder, but didn’t let fly with anything serious until around the two-minute mark. Wade boxed and stayed away and tried to establish his jab. Golovkin connected with a left hook to the body--followed by a right to the head. Near the end of the Round, Golovkin landed an overhand right to the neck that sent Wade to the canvas. Wade pulled himself up at the count of six and looked over at his corner. Nothing was going the way he had envisioned it.
In Round two, Golovkin went back to work. He stunned Wade with another cracking right hand. Seconds later, a left to the ribs had to hurt. Golovkin dropped his hands and invited Wade to hit him. The native of Largo, MD, did just that, but Golovkin ignored the blows. He pushed Wade into the ropes and left fly with an uppercut--followed by a right hand to the shoulder. Wade went down for the second time, but it was obvious the uppercut had left him discombobulated. Wade barely beat the count and waited for Golovkin to put him out his misery. A hard overhand right did just that. This time Wade didn’t get up.
The time was 2:37 seconds of Round two.
"I feel great," said a smiling Golovkin in the ring."Thanks to my team. My people. I need a big name. I’m ready to fight anybody."