Gennady Golovkin defended his WBA Super and IBF middleweight titles with a second-round stoppage against the unbeaten American Dominic Wade in Inglewood, California last night (23 April). The 34-year-old Kazakhstani recorded his 22nd successive knockout during the fight and subsequently called out Mexican star Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Wade, 26, was knocked down three times before the fight was eventually stopped with 23 seconds remaining in the second round. The result extends Golovkin's professional record to 35 wins and no losses.
The world champion, who boasts an incredible knockout record of 91.4%, floored Wade late in the first round, although the American was able to survive until the bell sounded. In the second round, however, Wade failed to beat the count of referee Jack Reiss after another powerful right hand from Golovkin.
Following his latest one-sided victory, Golovkin called for a fight against Canelo Alvarez, who is set to face Britain's Amir Khan in Las Vegas on 7 May for the WBC middleweight title.
"Give me my belt! I'm ready," Golovkin said, according to the BBC. "I'm here now and I'm here to stay. I'm not going anywhere. Let's fight."
On the same card, WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez retained his title with a unanimous points decision over McWilliams Arroyo from Puerto Rico. The win means the 28-year-old Nicaraguan fighter is now unbeaten in 45 professional fights.