Though it is itself a fairly big story, this one risks being lost in the shuffle today: Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports via Twitter this afternoon that Gennady Golovkin also has his next fight set, as he'll be facing IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade on April 23 on HBO, with the terms for the fight agreed to and the matchup approved by HBO.
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) won the IBF belt in October against David Lemieux, unifying it with the WBA title he's held for some time now. Wade (18-0, 12 KO) is a 25-year-old prospect from Maryland, who in his last fight struggled to a split decision win over veteran and former titleholder Sam Soliman.
Whereas Canelo-Khan may be seen as a physical mismatch by many, Golovkin-Wade is a more traditional mismatch on paper. Wade is a legitimate middleweight, but frankly probably has less hope of winning his fight than Khan does of beating Canelo.
Early indications are that the fight will be held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, where Golovkin drew a good and very vocal crowd last year for his fight with Willie Monroe Jr, and this matchup is reminiscent of that one.
What's notable is that Wade, like Khan, is an Al Haymon fighter (or maybe Khan's not, there are 16031 different stories right now), so new HBO Sports head Peter Nelson is certainly following through on his willingness to work with Haymon fighters.