Update: Gennady "GGG" Golovkin barely broke a sweat before knocking down Dominic Wade three times before the end of the second round. Referee Jack Reiss counted Wade out with 22 seconds remaining in the second round.
The victory means Golovkin has won 22 consecutive fights by knockout. After the fight, the Kazakh thanked the Los Angeles crowd in Spanish, English and his native language.
Golovkin landed 54 punches compared to Wade's 12, according to Compubox numbers.
Preview: Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) defends his WBA (Super), IBF, IBO and WBC interim middleweight titles against Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Golovkin is the heavy favorite at -10,000 while Wade comes in at +1,600. Betting site 5Dimes lists Golovkin as a 55-1 favorite.
At the weigh in, Golovkin, who is listed at 5'10 with a 70-inch reach, came in at 159 pounds, while Wade, who is listed 5'10.5 with a 74.5-inch reach, weighed in at 159.6 pounds
Golovkin, 34, arguably boxing's best pound-for-pound fighter, has proudly boasted of his love for Los Angeles, which has become his second home after moving from Kazakhstan and Germany. The crowd is expected to largely be on the hard puncher's side as he hopes to ink a deal to fight Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
Wade, who turned 26 on April 12, is stepping into a big challenge after facing tepid competition. The Washington, D.C., native fights in an orthodox stance and has said this fight "will be a war." His biggest victory was in his last fight, a split decision over Sam Soliman of Australia after 10 rounds.
Golovkin fought at the Forum in May, knocking out Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round.
UPDATE: On the undercard, Roman "El Chocolatito"Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua defeated McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KOs) in a unanimous decision in WBC flyweight belt. Gonzalez was favored at -5,000 odds, while Arroyo is at +1,400 odds.
The bell for Round 1 of Golovkin-Wade is expected to ring at about 11:25 p.m. ET. Judges are Pat Russell, Steve Morrow and Adelaide Byrd. Jack Reiss is the referee.
Here is how International Business Times scores the Golovkin-Wade fight:
Golovkin and Wade didn't take many chances in the first minute. "GGG" delivered a good right near the middle of the round, and Wade didn't do much to counter. As the round came to a close, "GGG" knocked Wade down with a strong overhand right.
Golovkin delivered some good body shots, and also delivered some solid combos to start the round. But "GGG" would drop Wade with about a minute remaining in the round. "GGG" delivered a hard knockout overhand right punch with 35 second remaining. Wade didn't seem like he ever had a chance and showed no confidence.
Golovkin wins by KO