FROM STEVE BRENNER IN LA
It came at poor old Dominic Wade like a thunderbolt.
A thumping right hand 30 seconds before the end of the second round sent him sprawling to the canvas for the third time in less than six minutes and cemented Gennady Golovkin’s status as the arguably the most dangerous boxer on earth right now.
This totally and utterly ruthless, one sided destruction showcased the efficiency and class of this remarkable 34 year-old middleweight from Kazakhstan.
Wade came into the ring here unbeaten yet slumped out of it completely crestfallen and hopelessly outclassed.
It was Golovkin’s 22nd knock-out in a row and extends his unbeaten run to 35-0.
One statistic emphatically emphasised the pure gulf in class : He produced more jabs (24) than Wade produced punches (22).
Remarkable stuff indeed.
The WBC have mandated the winner of Saul ‘Canelo ‘ Alvarez and Amir Khan on May 7th must take up one of the biggest challenges in sport and face GGG.
“Give me my belt, I want my belt, “ boomed Golovkin when asked if he had a message for the Mexican superstar.
“I am ready to fight anyone. I will fight Canelo, Khan whoever. This was a big gift for the fans.
“I knew after the first round it would be finished. We had different boxing IQ’s. My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division.”
The prospect of Canelo and Golovkin locking horns would be quite remarkable. Yet with the Mexican and promoter Oscar de la Hoya refusing to commit to anything , nothing is guaranteed.
What is certain, however, is that Golovkin is pure and utter box office. He has well and truly cracked the United States and this display simply served notice of this threat to boxing’s biggest names.
The old Forum here in Los Angeles was packed and jumping in anticipation of another ‘big drama show’ conjured up by this now renowned knock-out artist.
It was a 16, 353 sell-out.
And a crowd which had already lapped up a superbly solid display by Roman Gonzalez, the brilliant flyweight champion who extended his record to 45-0 following an unanimous points triumph over the ultimately outclassed McWilliams Arroyo, were hungry for more.
Such was the groundswell of support for the Kazakh, when American Wade was announced by Michael Buffer, boos rang around the arena.
Golovkin was the main attraction. Wade , the mandatory IBF challenger, was given the opportunity of a lifetime ,a chance to realize all his dreams in one evening . For that he cannot be blamed.
After this harrowing evening, however, it may not come again.
The Kazakh , thrillingly , set out his stall instantly. A heavy right jab rocked Wade who seemed instantly taken back by the ferocity of the punches coming his way.
And just before the bell was sounded, Wade found himself floored, a right hook from GGG catching the top of his head and sending him to the canvas.
And as an action packed second round drew to a close, it was all over.
Two separate crushing right hands sent the American sprawling on the floor, the 26 year-old unable to cope with the devastation unleashed by the world champion’s punches.
A left uppercut and a right hook to the body sent him down for a nine count but just moments later, that rocket right sealed the deal.
Wade was pulverized, Golovkin was triumphant and the sell-out crowd roared their approval.
“I tried to get comfortable but I couldn’t once he started hitting me. His power is real,” admitted Wade.
So now all eyes now move to Canelo and Khan in Las Vegas.
The stellar test really needs to come next otherwise the world could be left wondering just how good GGG really is.
And that, undoubtedly, would be a crying shame.