Golovkin scores another KO, Gonzalez outpoints Arroyo
WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) scored a second round KO over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California.
Golovkin knocked down Wade three times on the way to his 22nd consecutive knockout victory.
The Kazakh fighter dropped Wade in the first round with an hard right and then sent the American to the canvas again with a brutal left uppercut in the second. Wade bravely got up but he was soon down once more from a straight right. Referee Jack Reiss waved the bout off at 2:37 of the round.
Golovkin could now be set for a unification showdown with WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, who fights Amir Khan on May 7.
Because Golovkin also holds the WBC interim belt, he is Canelo's mandatory challenger.
Golovkin has now made 16 successful world title defences.
Also on the card, WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) outpointed challenger McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Gonzalez, who has also won world titles at strawweight and light flyweight, and is widely regarded as the pound-for-pound king, was awarded the win by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 120-108, but it was a hard-fought battle.
The unbeaten Nicaraguan started well and was landing combinations to the head and body. Arroyo landed some punches of his own but the harder shots was coming from Gonzalez and he rocked Arroyo with a left hand in the third round.
Gonzalez continued to march forward and punish Arroyo in the following rounds but the Puerto Rican took the shots well and came back with left hooks to the head.
Arroyo appeared to be slowing down by the 7th as Gonzalez was backing him up and throwing a lot of heavy shots.
Gonzalez seemed to win the later rounds with a series of sustained attacks, but Arroyo had his moments and was able to catch Gonzalez repeatedly with left hooks before the final bell.
Next, Gonzalez could face WBA and WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada, who he outpointed in 2012.