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Dominic Wade working on conditioning leading up to title fight against Gennady Golovkin

Dominic Wade knows just how good Gennady Golovkin is but says this title fight is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Dominic Wade is picking up the pace in training camp as he prepares to face Gennady Golovkin on April 23rd. And although Wade, the IBF's mandatory challenger, isn't given much of a chance to beat Golovkin, he firmly believes in his talent and is pushing himself to make a statement.

"I've increased the tempo and the training for this fight. I know how good Gennady is and for me to win I have to give myself the best chance. We've done a lot more strength and conditioning, mixing up 5-6 miles runs with sprints in the morning."

Wade then goes on to say that despite other middleweights doing all they can to steer clear of the Kazakh killer, now is his time to shine -- and what better opponent to do it against than arguably the most feared fighter in the sport.

"I didn't want to take any baby steps towards facing Gennady, there's no reason for that. Other fighters try to delay or get around fighting him, my time is now. When the fight was mentioned I told my manager to make the fight and let's go to work. I may never get this shot again."

Are any of you betting on Wade to pull the upset here? Or at the very least, do any of you see this fight being legitimately competitive?

Wade pushing the pace for Golovkin collision

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