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Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin annihilates Dominic Wade

by on Apr.25, 2016, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan at ringside

Golovkin, at left, leaves no doubt as he mounts an all-out assault on Wade (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

Golovkin, at left, leaves no doubt as he mounts an all-out assault on Wade (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

LOS ANGELES, CA, April, 23, 2016 — Reigning Middleweight king and kayo artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin extended his consecutive knockout streak to 22 while simultaneously making the 16th defense of his middleweight title. Gennady’s challenger, undefeated Dominic Wade, was given opportunities to provide a “big drama show”, but it did little to prevent his quick and utter destruction in less than 2 rounds of boxing. The fans were out in full force in an announced crowd of around 17,000.  I was in attendance as well so please read along as I give my firsthand impression of Triple G’s latest fistic conquest.

Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 Kos) of Largo, Maryland, is assembled with his entourage near the tunnel leading from the dressing room and the crowd lets him know who they are here for by showering the arena with thousands of boos. The timelessly famous song, “1999”, from the recently deceased artist “Prince” pumps through the arena while Wade makes his walk to the ring. Sam Watson, business partner of Al Haymon, yells to the crowd “Golovkin’s gonna be scared when he gets in the ring with Dominic!”

A few moments later, Gennady “Triple G, GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 Kos) appears in the same spot with his team.  He pauses and stays put while no less than THREE different songs play in succession, culminating with The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” at which point Golovkin begins his ring walk. When a fighter is able to have no less than 3 separate ring entrance songs, you know his popularity is getting to be stratospheric — and the deafening cheers as he walks help to confirm this.

As the gong sounds to begin the action, GGG comes right out, stalking forward, wasting no time on posturing or measuring. A lead left hook lands for GGG, causing Wade to back into the ropes. Wade looks long, lanky and loose.  His arms appear to be twice as long as Golovkins. A relaxed Wade throws a long sneaky uppercut to GGG’s body which lands, maybe a tad bit low. GGG chases Wade into the top right corner, jabs, and then unleash a short uppercut inside that pierces right under the guard of Wade and pops his head up in the air. Wade lands another sneaky uppercut inside that lands flush. GGG answers with a crushing hook of his own to Wade’s body.

Suddenly, as if he is sensing that his opponent is a little overmatched, GGG drops his gloves to his side and allows Wade to land, 1, now 2 a 3 punch combination to the head! GGG allows Wade to hit him a few more times. While Wade covers up, GGG comes over the top with a swinging right hand that bounces off of Wades shoulder, lands on the top of his head and sends him crashing to the canvas. Dominic Wade sits  looking like he doesn’t want to get up.  He takes his time crawling to his knees and finally to his feet at the count of 9.  The bell rings to end the 1st and the crowd is on their feet!

Down goes Wade! (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

Down goes Wade! (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

GGG picks right up where he left off at the end of 1, pounding a now scared and retreating Wade. A hard overhand right lands again and Wade falls hard in the corner.  He really doesn’t look like he wants to get up, but begrudgingly, he manages to crawl to his feet right before being counted out. Referee Jack Reiss asks him if he wants to continue and he doesn’t appear to be very enthusiastic. Action in the second resumes. GGG is all over him ad lands another crushing 2 punch combination,  punctuated by yet another hard overhand right that dumps Wade partway through the ropes and that’s it — Wade fails to get up in time to beat the count!

The crowd was not treated to too much of a “big drama show”, but this was expected going in as Dominic Wade didn’t have nearly as much pro experience as GGG. Wade’s only opponent of note was 40 year old former champion Sam Soliman of Australia who was many years past his best, and Wade struggled to win a decision in that bout.

Photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions.

Photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions.

Of course the criticisms of GGG feasting on subpar opposition will surface again after this bout, which is to be expected. In GGG’s defense, he stays busy always fighting at least 4 times a year, he fights the best available opponents, he is exciting and takes care of business in the ring. Linear middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is now campaigning in the same division as GGG but doesn’t appear too eager to get in the ring with this assassin. Max Kellerman asked GGG after the fight if he has anything to say, to which GGG responded “Canelo, fight me or give me my belt!”

If the fight with Canelo fails to materialize this year, GGG MUST fight one of the other Middleweight titleholders, Billy Joe Saunders or Daniel Jacobs. It remains to be seen if anyone wants a piece of this middleweight executioner.

 

Undercard

Gonzalez, at left, and Arroyo mix it up (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

Gonzalez, at left, and Arroyo mix it up (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions)

In the co-main event of the evening, boxings #1 Pound for Pound king and undefeated Flyweight sensation Ramon “El Chocolatito” Gonzales (44-0, 38 Kos) of Managua, Nicaragua handily dominated challenger McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 Kos) of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Chocolatito was relentless throughout the 12 round contest and landed combinations at will, but Arroyo never seemed to be in any distress as a result of the constant punishment. By surviving the 12 round distance, Arroyo put an end to Chocolatito’s 10 fight kayo streak. Please read along as I give my summary of the 12 rounds of action, I will refer to Ramon Gonzalez as “Choco” during this assessment.

Choco who has snuck quietly in to the 1 P4p position in the sport makes his appearance to thousands of fans, who make a rapturous applause while fanatically waiving Nicaraguan blue and white flags. There are even a large throng of fans with custom made Nicaraguan panchos

The first round is a feeling out affair with neither man landing anything of real note. the crowd cheers wildly over a big Choco punch, but the shot didn’t actually land as it was blocked by Arroyo.

In round 2 Arroyo employs a high guard while throwing an occasional telegraphed shot that is easily blocked or evaded by the rapid side to side movement of Choco. Choco explodes a jolting body hook head hook combination that land clean, hook/uppercut to the body hook upstairs same hand from Choco land flush. All Choco through 2.

In round 3, Choco begins to employ jabs while moving forward. Arroyo counters with a hard gut punch on Choco, who misses a three shot combo but keeps coming. undiscouraged, he throws another 3 punch combo that misses, causing Arroyo to step back. Thinking the fuselage is over, he gets caught with the 4th punch of the combo, a hard left hook. Arroyo answers with a hard right down the pipe that stuns Choco for a hair of a second. Arroyo times another Choco three punch combo and lands a left over the top. Arroyo trades with Choco and gets rocked by a left hook.

Round 4 already! Wow these rounds are flying by, they are so action packed they feel like 2 minute rounds, maybe even half rounds. Arroyo on the ropes now, Choco stalking behind a stiff jab, pop, pop, it lands. Arroyo gets blasted in close and complains about either something slippery on the floor or that Choco is stepping on his foot.  The ref says “fight” and Choco walks right into a clean left hook from that causes his head to shudder with the impact.

As round 5 begins, Arroyo changes up his game by coming out swinging for the fences and missing all of them. Choco tis hrowing wild and missing due to Arroyo stepping back a step when he throws. Choco is moving ever forward, pushing Arroyo into the ropes, where Arroyo is content to cover up. Choco’s short shots inside are not landing as cleanly. Relentless throughout the length of the 5th round, his punches don’t seem as potent in this fight as in the past.  Meanwhile, Arroyo is doing well defensively and taking the shots that do land very well.

More pep in the step of Choco to start round 6, his bob and weave has more spark to it; his punches are faster with meaner intentions. He really wants to get his man out of there.  You can feel this guy doesn’t want a boxing match; he wants to bruise and concuss his foe. Choco looks sloppier in the middle of the round with his earlier energy burst taking a toll on his stamina. His punches are thrown from too far away, prompting his fans to give him a pick me up by chanting his name.

In the 7th, Choco is rushing out and using all of his energy from the one minute rest to try and get a stoppage. Left hooks come raining down, right hands. Arroyo backs up.  A 2 punch combo from Choco, blocked right upstairs, followed by a hard sweeping left hook to the ribs lands clean.

Before the 8th round the ref calls time out and the doctor appears on the ring apron, apparently feeling Choco’s shoulder to see if it’s alright. Choco appears to be in some distress, which may explain why he hasn’t been as devastating as in the past. In the usual pattern Choco is all aggression all offense to start affairs and then starts to cool off, Arroyo has been drubbed the entire round but comes back at the 10 second gong and lands about 3 hard punches in a row on Choco’s head, the last one sends the sweat flying.

Arroyo is fighting with more energy and confidence in the 9th round than all the other previously.  He must be thinking, “Shit, it’s the 9th round and I’m still standing and have taken a lot of punches, but have never been dropped or hurt.” Jabs from Arroyo land flush, Choco is his usual stalking self, but Arroyo is meeting it somewhat now, landing in bursts. Choco sneaks in a heavy blow to the mid-section that thuds throughout the arena.

Gonzalez rips to Arroyo's midsection (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions).

Gonzalez rips to Arroyo’s midsection (photo by Chris Farina-K2 Promotions).

Arroyos stamina and durability have held up beautifully to this point, but there is appearing a breakdown finally in both for Arroyo. Choco just keeps coming forward, pouring on the pressure.

Ramon “Choco” Gonzales controls the final two rounds, never letting up, never ceasing to come forward and throw punches in bunches. Arroyo continues to slow down and retreat to the ropes, but there is no relief from Choco in that ring!

In the end, the final score tallies are academic as all three judges award a shutout on the cards for the champion, Ramon Gonzalez, who moves his record to 45-0, 38 Kos with the win. McWilliams Arroyo has no shame in his performance, Arroyo only had 18 professional contests coming in and had fought a very spotty schedule over the last few years, yet he arguably performed better than all of Choco’s higher profile opponents to date. Reports of Choco looking absolutely weight drained beyond belief at the previous days weigh-in, coupled with his probable hurt shoulder, could explain why Choco’s usually ultra-potent punches just didn’t have the same pop as in previous fights. Choco looked damn impressive, but just didn’t fight with the same style or acumen he showed in the Vitoria fight, when he used many angles whereas in this fight he simply stalked straight forward.

Despite these observations Ramon maintained after the fight that he would like to stay at Flyweight for at least 2 or 3 more contests before considering moving up in weight.

 

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