Tonight at 10:00 pm EDT on HBO, as well as BoxNation in the United Kingdom, top middleweight Gennady Golovkin returns in the main event to face IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade in the main event from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) will be defending his IBF and WBA middleweight titles against Wade (18-0, 12 KO), a massive underdog whose best win came last year against Sam Soliman, a fight in which Wade struggled at times against a faded veteran. On paper, Golovkin-Wade is frankly not that interesting a fight, other than it means that GGG is back in the ring, and he's always compelling to watch in his dominance. Will there be an upset? Will there even be any real competition? That's why they fight the fights.
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez is also back, as the flyweight champion and current pound-for-pound number one faces a fairly dangerous challenge in Puerto Rico's McWilliams Arroyo. Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KO) has seen his star rise alongside Golovkin's, but Arroyo (16-2, 14 KO) is the underdog for a good reason, but is also legitimately devastating puncher and can't be overlooked here.
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Gennady Golovkin def. Dominic Wade by knockout (2:37 of round 2)
Roman Gonzalez def. McWilliams Arroyo by unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 120-108)
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ROUND BY ROUND
GENNADY GOLOVKIN vs DOMINIC WADE
Round 1: GGG with a hook to the body. Little body shot back from Wade, though. Golovkin is the one moving forward. Right hand from Golovkin shakes Wade's leg just a bit. Golovkin fighting on cruise control and winning the round pretty easily. And then a shot puts Wade down with 10 seconds left in the round. He gets up and the round ends, but the fight is as expected. Golovkin 10-8
Round 2: Right hand stuns Wade again early in the second, but Wade stays up and he’s trying to fight back. Wade with a little combination, Golovkin just eats it. Left hook, right hand and down goes Wade again. Wade up at 9, he doesn’t want to fight on but he won’t say he doesn’t. And Wade fires off a good hook. Right hand and Wade is down again.
ROMAN GONZALEZ vs MCWILLIAMS ARROYO
Round 1: Both guys exploring with the jab early on. Chocolatito throws an uppercut, it's short. Right to the body from Gonzalez. Arroyo trying to really establish his jab in this first round. Right hand from Arroyo gets in up top. Gonzalez picking off a lot of shots, too, but so is Arroyo. Arroyo had a nice opening round here. Arroyo 10-9
Round 2: Arroyo throwing left hooks early in the round. That left is landing very nicely, both jab and hook. Body shot from Arroyo. Gonzalez starting to open up now. Body shot from Gonzalez, now he's coming alive with the combinations. Gonzalez ducks a left hook from Arroyo. This is a nice style matchup so far -- not explosive, but good cagey boxing. Gonzalez being pushed back consistently in the second half of this round. A close round, Arroyo started very well, Gonzalez finished well. Gonzalez 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Both guys staying active, Gonzalez digging to the body and that might pay off sooner than later. Good hook from Gonzalez. The tempo is picking up and that's favoring Gonzalez, but Arroyo does clip him with a counter left hook. Not a full force shot, but it was there. Gonzalez is dictating the fight right now. Arroyo with a hook, Gonzalez fires one back. Right hand may have hurt Arroyo a bit. Another one gets in and Arroyo gets off the ropes. Round nearly over, Arroyo might need it to be. Gonzalez 10-9, 29-28
Round 4: Gonzalez again looking to the body to start the round. He strays just a bit low and gets warned. Arroyo is showing himself to be a good fighter, but Gonzalez is really starting to turn it up. Arroyo with a right hand, but Gonzalez stays stalking. The sole of Arroyo's shoe just came off after he was struggling with it coming undone. Gonzalez 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Arroyo is now fighting without a sole on his right foot. This is weird. I can't stop looking at his foot. Gonzalez pretty much having his way this round, too. Gonzalez 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: Gonzalez with a nice left to the body. Right hand up top. Arroyo trying to rally, but punching with a bit of exhaustion almost. Doesn't seem like he has snap on his shots. Also he's fighting with one shoe. Gonzalez digging to the body again. Gonzalez 10-9, 59-55
Round 7: Arroyo still hanging tough in here, not getting beaten up badly or anything, but his own offense has been a little inconsistent the last few rounds. Gonzalez is just a more well rounded fighter -- more exceptional. Arroyo is good and has boxed pretty well, but he hasn't gotten the chances he's needed. Gonzalez 10-9, 69-64
Round 8: Gonzalez lands a solid left hook 30 seconds or so into the round, and Arroyo definitely felt that one. Gonzalez coming on really strong now. Three sharp right hands land. Arroyo still hanging tough, but still just outgunned. He gets smacked with another right hand late. Gonzalez 10-9, 79-73
Round 9: Gonzalez continues to pretty much dominate the action, even as hard as Arroyo is working. You can say this: Gonzalez has not taken McWilliams' soul in this fight. He's buzzed him once or twice, but never had him in serious trouble. And that's because Arroyo, again, has boxed pretty damn well. He's just losing. Gonzalez 10-9, 89-82
Round 10: Some great body work this round from Gonzalez. He just continues to do steady damage and own the ring. He's somehow both methodical and relentless. He's a fascinating fighter to watch. Gonzalez 10-9, 99-91
Round 11: More of the same, really. It's one-sided even though it's not a complete blowout. But it is a complete blowout. It's a weird fight to try to explain. Great fighter beating good fighter. Maybe not so hard after all. Gonzalez 10-9, 109-100
Round 12: Arroyo giving a great effort this round. And he's losing the round again. Gonzalez keeps his fire going, too -- not on his bike, not playing it safe. He's simply the best fighter out there right now. He owned the ring in this fight, and it wasn't easy. Gonzalez 10-9, 119-109