Middleweight wrecking machine Gennady Golovkin and pound-for-pound monster Roman Gonzalez team up once again this evening (Sat., April 23, 2016) as part of an HBO Boxing doubleheader, defending their respective titles against different opponents inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of "Golovkin vs. Wade" below, starting with the HBO World Championship Boxing broadcast at 10 p.m. ET.
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO), known far and wide as one of the sport's most devastating finishers, takes on Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KO), the mandatory challenger for "GGG's" IBF title. Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KO), in turn, faces the heavy-handed McWilliams Arroyo (16-0, 14 KO), whose brother McJoe currently holds a Super Flyweight title.
Both fights have the potential to be great, especially the co-main event -- both are definitely worth a watch.
"GOLOVKIN VS. WADE" QUICK RESULTS:
Middleweight Championship: Gennady Golovkin (c) vs. Dominic Wade -- Golovkin def. Wade by knockout at 2:37 of Round Two
Flyweight Championship: Roman Gonzalez (c) vs. McWilliams Arroyo -- Gonzalez def. Arroyo by unanimous decision (119-109 x2, 120-108)
"GOLOVKIN VS. WADE" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade
Round one: Golovkin moving forward, lands an early left hook. Wade with some hooks of his own. Both go to the body. Right from Golovkin, left hook from Wade. One minute in. Wade to the body with a left hook. Golovkin looking to get around Wade's guard. Golovkin goes downstairs, lands an overhand right. Clinch. One minute to go. Wade to the body. Combinations upstairs. Clinch. Clinch and Golovkin drops him with a right to the temple on the exit. Wade beats the count with time to spare. 10-8 Golovkin.
Round two: Golovkin rocks him with another overhand right and they two trade rapid punches. Hard right to the body from Golovkin. Wade with a sneaky right inside. Golovkin sneaks in a left downstairs. Right to the body. Clinch. Uppercuts sneak through the guard. One mintue in. Combinations from Wade. Golovkin goes low-high. Clinch. Hard uppercut and a right hand behind it send wade to the canvas once again. Wade is a little wobbbly when he makes it back to his feet. Golovkin on the attack. Wade cracks him with a left hook, then gets flattened again with a right cross. Wade fails to beat the count this time.
Final result: Golovkin def. Wade by knockout
Roman Gonzalez vs. McWilliams Arroyo
Round one: Both men start the fight jabbing. Arroyo bounces some punches off his guard. One minute in. Arroyo to the body, Gonzalez answers in kind. Uppercut lands for Gonzalez. Jab battle continues. Gonzalez with a right downstairs. Combination lands for him. Gonzalez targeting the body. One minute to go. Arroyo left hook. Arroyo with a combination. Gonzalez sneaks in an uppercut. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Round two: Arroyo on the front foot. They trade left hooks, Arroyo to the body. Arroyo attacks in the phone booth. Gonzalez goes downstairs. Arroyo working well with his left hand, eats body blows in return. One minute in. Arroyo with a left downstairs. Double left hook. Gonzalez with a good combination, hard left hook slips through. Gonzalez starting to open up. Arroyo with a left downstairs One minute to go. Gonzalez putting together his punches, landing hard right hands high and low. Uppercut slips through. Straight right through the guard. 1-2 by the Puerto Rican. Arroyo lands an uppercut through the guard. 10-9, 20-18 Gonzalez.
Round three: Arroyo and Gonzalez exchanging at point-blank range. Both men slip in uppercuts. Gonzalez to the body, Arroyo with some lefts upstairs. They're going tit-for-tat. Hard left hook by Gonzalez. One minute in. Arroyo answers with a left hook. Gonzalez has the momentum at the moment. Gonzalez with a hard right hand upstairs. Arroyo with a left hook. Clinch. Counter left from Arroyo, but Gonzalez is starting to put together some impressive shots. Left hooks from both. They trade combinations in the center. Gonzalez's body shots are on point. Left hook upstairs, then a hard 1-2 that hurts Arroyo. Another brutal right on the ropes. 10-9, 30-27 Gonzalez.
Round four: Gonzalez on the advance. Arroyo still in there, throwing combinations in return. Left hook lands upstairs. Gonzalez left hook goes low, Arroyo doing well on the back foot at the moment, but Gonzalez remains implacable. One minute in. Arroyo with left hands. Gonzalez combination. 1-2 lands for Arroyo. Arroyo's still doing well, but eats a 2-3 from Gonzalez. Arroyo's shoe just broke and Gonzalez isn't giving him room. One minute to go. Good right hand by the Puerto Rican. Left hook from Gonzalez. Uppercuts land for him. Clinch. 10-9 Arroyo, 39-37 Gonzalez.
Round five: They go right back to throwing heavy leather in the center. Gonzalez on the advance, landing body shots. Gonzalez to the body, Arroyo comes back with a combination. One minute in. Good body shot by Arroyo. Great exchanges at close range. Both men's uppercuts are landing well. One minute to go. Left hook by Gonzalez inside. Good right hand and left hook land for Arroyo. double left hook for Gonzalez. Good left hook. Late surge by Gonzalez. 10-9, 49-46 Gonzalez.
Round six: Gonzalez's march continues. Arroyo's keeping pace with him but Gonzalez is inching towards overwhelming him. Brutal hook to the body on the ropes. Clinch. One minute in. Gonzalez again to the body. Arroyo's staying active with his jab as Gonzalez continues to punish his ribs. Body shots in return from Arroyo. Arroyo's punches just don't seem to be having an effect. One minute to go. Hard right hand by Gonzalez. Arroyo with a flurry. Arroyo can't keep him away. 10-9, 59-55 Gonzalez.
Round seven: Arroyo's in there with him but he just can't slow Gonzalez down. Clinch. Gonzalez's combinations are flowing, dealing damage to the head and body. Arroyo to the body as well. One minute in. Gonzalez's left to the body remains an incredibly effective weapon. Arroyo fires a combination, eats a left hook while he does and then a 1-2. Arroyo with a counter left to the body. Arroyo puts together punches, eats a hook. Arroyo slinging right hands, eats a hard series to the body. 10-9, 69-64 Gonzalez.
Round eight: No stopping the Gonzalez train, though Arroyo's doing his damnedest. Arroyo eats a left hook that jacks his jaw and Gonzalez is finding a home for brutal punches on Arroyo's face. One minute in. Another brutal right hand. Gonzalez to the body. Arroyo slips in an uppercut and left hook upstairs, interspersing some body shots. Good right hand by the Puerto Rican. Arroyo with an uppercut, eats a left hook. Both men land hard head shots. One minute to go. Gonzalez continues to win the exchanges. Clinch. Hard 1-2 from Gonzalez after taking a combination. Good exchange to end the round. 10-9, 79-73 Gonzalez.
Round nine: Arroyo continues to eat shots, landing enough in turn to look vaguely competitive but getting the worst of it. Arroyo to the body. One minute in. Gonzalez's pace remains furious. Gonzalez with a three-piece combo. Arroyo goes downstairs. Arroyo backs him to the ropes, lands a combo. One minute to go. Arroyo's doing a little better this round. Gonzalez with a combination on the ropes. They exchange in center ring. 10-9, 89-82 Gonzalez.
Round ten: Gonzalez with some combinations on the ropes. Good 1-2 in the center. Gonzalez's offense just never lets up. Gonzalez to the body. Good right hand near the ropes. One minute in. Arroyo's punches are landing, there just aren't enough of them and they're not having any effect. Gonzalez knocks him back with another right hand. Gonzalez to the body, upstairs with a 1-2, back to the body. Body shot, straight right yet again and again. One minute to go. Gonzalez continues to damage the body with his left hook. More right hands by Gonzalez, then a 1-2. 10-9, 99-91 Gonzalez.
Round eleven: Eleventh verse, same as all the others. Combinations continue to pile up for Gonzalez. Brutal right hands by Gonzalez. Arroyo with a pair of left hooks. Gonzalez answers to the body. One minute in. Arroyo pushes him back, eats a combination. Again that left hook to the body. Arroyo thumps the guts as well. One minute to go. Arroyo tries a flurry, eats one in return. Good exchange. Arroyo bangs to the body. Good left hook upstairs. Gonzalez dings him up inside. Another hard right from the champion. Brutal combinations at point blank. 10-9, 109-100 Gonzalez.
Round twelve: They immediately get to trading in the center, landing to the bead and body. Gonzalez opens up on the ropes. Hard counter left by Arroyo. Hard combo by the Puerto Rican. Both men landing hard in center ring. One minute in. Big punches. Gonzalez walks through another left hook as he throws near the ropes. Gonzalez with a good body shot and right hand, then another. Another right hand. One minute to go. Both land left hooks. Gonzalez coming on strong late in the round. Arroyo keeps coming until the bell. 10-9, 119-109 Gonzalez.
Final result: Gonzalez def. Arroyo by unanimous decision