Dominic Wade to fight GGG in April: Who is this guy?Written by Leroy Cleveland
It's a done deal.
Unifield middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's next fight will be against Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KO) on April 23 and will be broadcast on HBO.
The Forum in Inglewood, California is the projected location.
- WBA (Super) Middleweight
- IBF Middleweight
- interim WBC Middleweight
- IBO Middleweight (fringe)
Arguably boxing's hottest fighter, Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) will look to continue his destructive ways in hopes of securing a superfight with middldeweight peer Canelo Alvarez later this year.
Of course, it was announced earlier today that Canelo will face Amir Khan on May 7. No easy task.
So who the heck is this boxer, Dominic Wade?
Hailing from Largo, Maryland, the 25 year old boxer dubbed 'The Blade' is 18-0, 12 KOs. He is managed by Al Haymon and trained by the well-respected Barry Hunter who has helped mentor Tony Thompson, Lamont Peterson, Anthony Peterson, Fernando Guerrero and Raymond Serrano.
In the biggest moment of his career to date, Wade won a split decison over then 41 year old former middleweight champ Sam Solimon (44-13) in June.
But aside from Sam, Wade doesn't have any recognizable names on his ledger and the records of his four previous opponents were as follows:
- 16-1-2 (Nick Brinson)
Wade has earned 7 stoppages in his last 11 bouts, and deserves credit for agreeing to face one of the most avoided fighters in the world. If he can go the distance with Golovkin, it would be a massive victory of sorts.
There are, of course, middleweights more deserving of the title opportunity but, possibly aside from Canelo and Miguel Cotto (again), no one in the top 10 is interested in stepping in the ring with GGG.
Dominic Wade facts & stats
- Record: 18-0, 12 KO
- Age: 25 (He'll be 26 by fight time)
- Hometown: Largo, Maryland, USA
- Height: 5′ 10½″ / 179cm
- Reach: 74½″ / 189cm
- Pro Debut: March 2009
- BoxRec Middleweight Division Rank: 11
- BoxRec U.S. Middleweight Division Rank: 3