A mismatch was expected, and it was a mismatch we got. Gennady Golovkin tore through an overmatched Dominic Wade in two rounds, dropping the previously-unbeaten challenger three times en route to the knockout at 2:37 of round two.
Wade (18-1, 12 KO) was the massive underdog and the mandatory challenger for Golovkin's IBF belt, and deserves real credit for taking the fight. But he was well out of his depth here. He skipped a few levels in competition, going from an aging Sam Soliman last year -- a fight where Wade struggled, no less -- into Golovkin, the best and most devastating middleweight on the planet. This was never a contest. Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO) toyed with him, and scored his 22nd straight stoppage victory.
Golovkin dropped Wade late in the first round with an overhand right that landed behind the air, but the round ended before the fight could continue after Wade got up. The second round saw Golovkin, still kind of fighting on cruise control, picking his shots. He landed a left hook that put Wade down, and when the challenger got up, referee Jack Reiss asked him repeatedly if he wanted to continue. Wade said he did (eventually), but he didn't really give the impression that he was looking forward to getting back to it. Another right hand ended the fight shortly after, putting Wade down for the 10 count.
Golovkin continues to dominate at middleweight, and the biggest fight out there remains Canelo Alvarez, and there's no real indication that that's going to happen any time soon. A fight with WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders could happen in the fall if not, but Saunders also turned that down earlier this year, and pulled out of his scheduled April 30 title defense against Max Bursak. Truthfully, there's not a whole lot out there for Golovkin at 160 at the moment, but he remains interesting because of the way he fights. How long can that last? We might find out.