Triple G floors Wade in 22nd straight knockout
WORLD middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin confirmed his status as the most devastating finisher in boxing in Los Angeles on Saturday, demolishing American challenger Dominic Wade inside two rounds to score his 22nd consecutive knockout.
The 34-year-old Kazakh star, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, delighted a packed house of 16,353 fans at Los Angeles' famous Forum sports arena with an explosive performance to overwhelm Wade.
The Los Angeles-based Golovkin is aiming to become the biggest draw in boxing following the retirements in the past year of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao - and Saturday's spectacular triumph can only enhance his allure at the box office.
Golovkin, who improved to 35-0 with 32 knockouts, entered the ring to loud roars of support, with the stadium reverberating to chants of "Triple G, Triple G" throughout the bout.
Wade, who had been unbeaten in 18 fights prior to the contest, had entered the ring to the strains of Prince, a homage to the late music superstar who regularly played concerts at the Forum before his sudden death last week.
Wade said: "I tried to get comfortable but once he hits you, it makes it very hard to get comfortable.
"I could have done maybe one or two things differently but he's a great champion and he's got everything you need to be a great champion."