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5 Things We Learned From Golovkin-Wade


Gennady Golovkin walked away with yet another KO win. It was his 22nd consecutive KO victory and the 32nd in 35 career wins without a defeat. Golovkin was dominant and it was over before Dominic Wade even got going.

Here are the five things we learned from the Gennady Golovkin - Dominic Wade bout:

It Was The Mismatch That Everyone Predicted

Not many gave Dominic Wade a shot at beating Golovkin. The betting odds went as high as -10,000 for GGG. 99.2% of the fans who made their predictions at the Throwdown Scoring Mobile App said GGG would win and 74.2% of them said the fight would be over within four rounds. Everyone was right. The bout was a five minute mismatch in favor of Triple G.

Mandatory Challenger Is Just A Title

With all due respect, Dominic Wade was 18-0 with 12 KOs and was Golovkin's mandatory challenger for the IBF Middleweight title which GGG won from David Lemieux last year. But remember that the "real" mandatory challenger was Taureano Johnson who was injured when the title bout was set. Wade stepped in and this is what happens with many alphabet belts. Fringe challengers become mandatories and they end often end up as a punchline for stars like GGG.

Not Just The Power

The thing with Gennady Golovkin is that everybody notices just his punching power. Not many talk about the pressure and the volume of punches he throws to set up his knockouts. Golovkin is a master of cutting off the ring and not giving his opponents real estate to operate. Not only that, he also unloads a lot of punches- jabs and powers to overwhelm his foes. Against Wade, GGG went 54/133 (40.6%) with his punches while Wade was just 22/75 (29.3%). Golovkin tripled Wade's jab output at 24 vs 8. 

The Real Middleweight Champ

Gennady Golovkin is the real middleweight champion in boxing. Daniel Jacobs is the WBA's "regular champion" but Golovkin is the body's super champion. The WBC title holder is Canelo Alvarez but GGG is it's interim champion. Alvarez is also the lineal champion, but that's because he beat Miguel Cotto. The WBO champion is Billy Joe Saunders but like Alvarez he turned down a fight with Golovkin. Factor all the circumstances stated and you'll end up with GGG as the one true middleweight king.

He Wants Canelo

Not only is the Canelo Alvarez bout the richest and biggest out there for Golovkin, it's also the bout that will legitimize Golovkin as a full fledged boxing megastar. The Kazakh god of war was recently singed by Nike's Jordan brand, proving that he is already a marketable commodity. However, without a big name in his resume, his stature as one of the best boxers in this era will always be questioned. A fight will Alvarez will define his career and at age 34, it's no wonder Golovkin wants it badly.