Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez have separated themselves from the rest of the boxing world as the top pound-for-pound fighters, and they’ll look to continue their dominance on Saturday night. Both fighters will be in action at the Forum in Inglewood, where they are heavily favored to improve their undefeated records.
Saturday marks the third time in less than a year that the two boxers will fight on the same card. Most recently, Gonzalez needed nine rounds to defeat Brian Viloria on Oct. 17, and Golovkin beat David Lemiuex with an eighth-round TKO.
Golovkin’s win over Lemiuex gave him the IBF middleweight title and a 21st consecutive win by knockout. With Canelo Alvarez not yet ready to face Golovkin in a middleweight title unification fight, Golovkin will have to settle for Dominic Wade on Saturday. Wade is undefeated, as well, but he doesn’t have a victory of note, and Saturday’s fight isn’t expected to be very competitive.
A loss for Golovkin would undoubtedly be the biggest upset of 2016, and avoiding an early knockout might be considered a moral victory for Wade. Bovada.lv gives Golovkin -10000 odds to retain his belts, and Wade is a +1600 underdog.
Here's how big a favorite Gennady Golovkin is against Dominic Wade in LA Saturday night: At Westgate LV a $1,500 bet on Triple G wins $10
— Tim Dahlberg (@timdahlberg) April 20, 2016
The odds for Gonzalez’s fight against McWilliams Arroyo are identical to the main event between Golovkin and Wade. Gonzalez fights at just 112 pounds, but the flyweight champ has been just as dominant as the middleweight champ. With a 44-0 record and 38 wins by knockout, including 10 in a row by TKO, Gonzalez is considered to be a sure thing on Saturday.
Other than the fights that include Golovkin and Gonzalez, there is another bout of note scheduled for Saturday. Thousands of miles away in the Philippines, Nonito Donaire will defend his super bantamweight title against Zsolt Bedak. With Manny Pacquiao announcing his retirement, the “Filipino Flash” is the country’s top boxer.
Donaire won the vacant 122-pound title in December with a unanimous decision victory over Cesar Juarez, winning his third straight fight. He’s a -3500 favorite over Bedak, who has +1200 odds.
Gennady Golovkin by an early round TKO
Roman Gonzalez by an early round TKO
Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision