The Forum, Inglewood, CA, April 23
By Peter Lim
This mismatch really amounts to a two-star general going into battle against a second lieutenant. Has Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) already run the entire gamut of challengers that he has to fight a rookie? Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) might be undefeated but he has not shown any exceptional qualities against a crop of very ordinary opponents. Golovkin lands at will from the opening bell but opts to carry his out-gunned opponent for a few rounds before finishing him with a left hook-straight right combo in the fifth round.
Why hasn't Golovkin crossed over into mainstream? Perhaps too many Americans still can't help but see the evil hammer and sickle when it comes to fighters from the former Soviet Union.