LOS ANGELES –Gennady Golovkin wasted little time showing the world that mandatory challenger Dominic Wade was much of a challenge at all. The unified WBA/IBF titlist needed less than two full rounds to score three knockdowns and end matters before a sold out crowd at The Forum.
Wade, despite being noticeably bigger, could not cope with Golovkin’s power and punch accuracy. Golovkin did his most damage with the right hand, scoring all three knockdowns with it (including one that landed on the shoulder) and landing 41% of his total punches. On the second knockdown, Wade briefly considered quitting as referee Jack Reiss asked him multiple times if he wanted to continue.
The big story from last night came in the post-fight interview, where GGG told the future Canelo-Khan winner to bring him “his belt.”
Canelo has been steadfast in saying it’s not a matter of “if” the fight with Golovkin will happen, but “when.” Let’s just hopet the “when” means May 2017 at the latest and not another Mayweather-Pacquiao delay.
GONZALEZ TAKES WIDE BUT TOUGH UD OVER ARROYO: Consensus Pound 4 Pound #1 Roman Gonzalez had a tough 12-round outing with McWilliams Arroyo in the opening TV bout. Arroyo had success with his quick left hook, but found himself routinely outgunned by Gonzalez’s five and six punch combinations. Arroyo was staggered a few times but was elusive enough in his lateral movement to prevent Chocolatito from putting together finishing blows. The wide scores (119-109 twice, 120-108) did little to reflect the fight’s competitive nature.
One alarming thing to take from this fight is Gonzalez’s punches looking flat in the later rounds. He still got by on volume, but his offense lacked the consistency we’re used to. To me, this is a clear sign Gonzalez’s time at flyweight is drawing to a close. The man himself said he’d like one more fight in the division. And that fight should be none other than Juan Francisco Estrada.