Last weekend at the Forum in Inglewood, California, Gennady Golovkin extended his knockout streak to 22, making quick work of the previously unbeaten Dominic Wade. Golovkin dropped Wade in Round 1 and twice more in Round 2, with Wade failing to beat the count the second time.
Let’s get one thing straight before we begin. Dominic Wade is no “bum.” He is a talented fighter who had a good amateur career. He’s a legitimate contender. He defeated former champion Sam Soliman by split decision and handled Nick Brinson, a good fighter, with relative ease.
But there can be a big difference between a legitimate contender and a dominant champion, and that difference was on display Saturday night.
In an ideal world, GGG would fight Canelo Alvarez for the middleweight title in September. Actually, in an ideal world, he’d be fighting Alvarez on May 7, instead of Amir Khan.
But if a fight with Canelo ultimately proves impossible to make, there are still other compelling options for Golovkin’s next fight.
Billy Joe Saunders Saunders in the undefeated WBO champion. He captured the belt from Andy Lee, a very dangerous puncher, last December. In lieu of Canelo, Saunders would make perfect sense of Golovkin, allowing him to pursue a third belt and bringing him one step closer to unified status. It would make sense for this fight to happen in England, as well, providing GGG a chance to bring his Big Drama Show to a new country.
Chris Eubank Jr. At 26, Eubank is one of the division’s potential rising stars. The son of a British boxing legend, he is a dangerous puncher and has lost only to Saunders. For his career, he’s 22-1 with 17 stoppages.
Danny Jacobs I actually think this is the toughest potential matchup there is for Golovkin at 160 pounds. Jacobs is a big middleweight with excellent boxing skills and very good power. His Round 1 stoppage of Peter Quillin last December is actually a better win than any single victory on Golovkin’s resume.