GGG KOs Wade; Chocolatito Wins Commanding Decision – Fans roared as Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin strolled around the arena for what took maybe 10 minutes. Perhaps the middleweight world champion knew the fight wouldn’t take as long. It didn’t.
Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) needed only five minutes and some change to rip through middleweight challenger Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) and put him away before more than 16,000 frenzied fans at the Fabulous Forum on Saturday.
Perhaps he had Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on his mind and allowed the action to move deeper into the first round before he struck loudly. A counter right hand floored Wade with a right above the left ear. He seemed surprised by the power. Before that punch both exchanged body blows with Wade’s venturing below the belt twice. That possibly angered Golovkin.
In the second round with the crowd roaring incessantly and loudly, “Triple G,” the middleweight juggernaut, moved in for the kill with extreme prejudice. Wade connected with a solid right cross as Golovkin moved in with his guard down. Golovkin connected with a left hook and down went Wade with a thud. It didn’t look like he would get up but he did. Slowly in sections he moved to a standing position as the referee gave him a count. Wade’s corner looked concerned.
The fight continued and Golovkin immediately moved in closer and unleashed a left uppercut, right cross and down went Wade again in Golovkin’s corner. As referee Jack Reiss gave the count to a wobbly Wade, the Maryland fighter’s corner waved the towel to end the fight. The official time was 2:37 of the second round.
“I tried to get comfortable but I was never able to get comfortable once he started hitting me,” said Wade. “He’s a great champion. He does everything well. His power is real.”
Golovkin grabbed his 22nd consecutive knockout.
Now, he wants the winner between WBC middleweight titlist “Canelo” Alvarez and Amir Khan who fight on May 7, in Las Vegas.
“It doesn’t matter who wins,” said Golovkin. “Give me my belt. I need my belt.”
As good as Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 K0s) can fight, he just couldn’t put down Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo (16-3) with his rock hard chin. But he did win nearly every round in winning by unanimous decision.
WBC flyweight champion Gonzalez started slowly against Arroyo whose wicked left uppercuts needed time to figure out in the beginning. But once that puzzle was checked, it was a steamroller of punches that bore through the Puerto Rican fighter’s defense.
Arroyo displayed a tricky left uppercut disguised as a left hook. In the beginning it was a problem for Gonzalez who moved in carefully and methodically. By the second round Arroyo landed a pretty combination and Gonzalez retaliated with his own. But it was just a speed check the first two rounds.
Gonzalez jumped from his stool in the third round and immediately doubled the tempo of the fight. It took Arroyo a while to adjust and that time allowed Gonzalez to rip through the Puerto Rican’s defense with some vicious left hooks. One landed flush and ignited a rush of ooohs and aaahs from the crowd.
That tricky left uppercut was figured out by the Nicaraguan star who moved back a few inches and forced the fight from the outside. And when he was willing, he moved the fight back inside and rolled to his right to avoid the uppercut.
It was never a big factor again in the fight.
Gonzalez won nearly every round until the final 12 frame. He showed his ability to connect accurately time and time again.
“Arroyo is a great boxer. There were a lot of good blows that he was able to withstand because of his conditioning,” said Gonzalez whose knockout string was snapped at 10. “I guess sometimes you can’t get the knockout if my rival can take the punches.”
Former champion Kenia Enriquez (16-1, 8 KOs) stopped San Diego’s Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (9-3-2) at 16 seconds into the fifth round in a light flyweight clash that was furious while it lasted.
Quintana was never shy about throwing punches and opened up the contest with several bombs. Enriquez was able to evade and counter and immediately caught the gritty San Diego fighter with a right hand that stunned her. Enriquez immediately followed up with a left hook that sent Quintana to the canvas. As she got up her legs were shaky but luckily the bell rang ending the first round.
“I was not surprised she got up. I always knew she would not stop unless I stopped her,” said Enriquez, 22. “She’s strong and in condition and it was a big fight for her and me.”
The San Diego fighter had her best round in the third as she connected with a powerful overhand right. But Enriquez shook it off and unloaded several combinations including a stifling left hook and right cross combination that snapped Quintana’s head back violently.
“She’s like me. She likes to fight and she’s able to take punches,” Enriquez said.
It didn’t take long for Enriquez to connect in the fifth round as she fired a three-punch combination to put Quintana on the floor with the referee immediately stopping the fight 16 seconds into the round. Quintana protested the stoppage.
In the companion female fight, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) collided with Mexicali’s Selene Lopez (3-5-3) and after six rounds won by unanimous decision in their light flyweight bout.
Every round was contested as both swung from the heels and let go of combination after combination. The second round was Lopez’s best round as she connected with several stifling right crosses. Overall, Estrada landed more combinations to the head and body while Lopez connected single shots. That was the difference .
All three judges scored it 60-54 in favor of Estrada.
Pedro Duran (14-0, 11 KOs) stopped Pedro Lopez (6-3-1) at the end of round four in their lightweight fight.
Ryan Martin (14-0, 9 KOs) knocked out Rosbel Montoya (16-8-1) at 1:51 of the fifth round in a lightweight match.
Check out the results “Golovkin Blasts Wade, Gonzalez Outpoints Arroyo” at The Boxing Channel.