Golovkin returns to face undefeated Wade

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Updated: February 21, 2016

Gennady Golovkin returns to the ring in defense of his unified WBA/IBF and WBO middleweight championships on Saturday, April 23. Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs), in the 16th defense of the unified 160-pound titles, squares-off against IBF mandatory, Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs). HBO will televise live from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA beginning at 10 PM/ET.

“I’m happy to fight again at the Forum in front of my fans and friends in Los Angeles,” Golovkin said. “Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me.” Thanks to my Coach Abel Sanchez, my promoter Tom Loeffler, my team, HBO and the Forum for another opportunity to defend my middleweight titles.”

Golovkin’s aggressive, straight-forward style has enabled him to become the premier middleweight champion in the world. He has won his last 21 fights all by knockout out. Golovkin is rapidly approaching Bernard Hopkins world middleweight championship record for most consecutive title defenses. Another Golovkin victory could lead to an EPIC showdown against WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the fall. ‘Canelo’ must first defeat former two-division titlist Amir Khan, who will be jumping up two weight-classes from 147 for the chancer to fight for a 160-pound title.

But first, Golovkin cannot overlook Wade.

“I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to fight ‘GGG’ for the IBF middleweight championship on April 23rd!  I’ve worked hard my entire career to get to this point.  I’m poised and ready to take on the challenge.”

In 2015, Golovkin won three fights including a spectacular KO of hard-hitting David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden last October.  Golovkin was voted by many as the 2015 Fighter of the Year. Golovkin fought on HBO Pay-Per-View against Lemieux, in addition to having sold more than 20,500 tickets.

Also, millions turned to HBO to watch Golovkin’s mismatch against Willie Monroe in Los Angeles. That fight sold more than 12,000 tickets at the Forum. Golovkin also looked outstanding during his eleventh-round stoppage of Martin Murray in Monaco. Murray, famous for his controversial decision loss to Sergio Martinez a few years ago, had never been knocked down or stopped prior to fighting Golovkin.

Next up for Golovkin is Wade. The 25-year-old is a former four-time Junior Olympic Champion, is coming off an impressive victory over former world champion Sam Soliman in June 2015. Wade is young and he is fast, but Golovkin is the premier fighter at 160 pounds and shouldn’t have much trouble with Wade.

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