Ringside Report: The Forum in Inglewood, California was the venue for one of the most charismatic fighters to currently walk into the ring, the undefeated man from Kazakhstan, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs). He went up against another undefeated fighter, Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of the evening. This bout was scheduled for 12 rounds in the middleweight division.
While most of the first round was a bit of feeling each other out, an overhand right by “GGG” put Wade on the ground at the 10-second mark of the first round. He got up to the sound of the bell.
We moved into round two. This is particularly significant because this was the last round of the fight. A left uppercut followed up immediately by an overhand right that actually hit Dominic on the shoulder dropped Wade in this round, the second knockdown of the fight. Another knockdown, a right hand this time, sent Wade to the canvas again and this time he didn’t make the 10 count. The fight was over at 2:37 of round two.
When asked what he thought about the fight, Golovkin said, “It feels great. Thanks to my team and all my friends. This is a big gift, a big present for my fans. I’m still champion, but of course I need big name or a big fight. I’m ready to fight anybody.”
Gennady, who wants to unify and hold all the middleweight titles, had a few words for Canelo Alvarez – “Just give me my belt; I need my belt! I’m ready, guys!”
Later referee Jack Reiss had mentioned that he wished the fight had gone longer, and I’m sure others would have liked that as well. But interestingly enough, nobody seemed to care that the fight only lasted two rounds. They came to see GGG, and the cheers were deafening.
The co-main event and first televised fight of the night pitted the extremely popular and talented Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) against McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs). This was for the WBC flyweight championship and was scheduled to go 12 rounds. The fans were just crazy over Gonzalez, who is the number one-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now.
The first round was a bit slow, but they still had 11 more to go, so no need to waste a lot of energy right off the bat. Gonzalez turned up the heat in the second, and the fans went right along with him, cheering him on. Roman landed some really good shots in that round.
Give Arroyo credit, he has been under the gun through three rounds, but is still in there trying to work. Roman is just too slick, but the fight was not a gimmee by any means. The fourth went back and forth, with the advantage still for Gonzalez. The same was true of the fifth. Roman kept applying the pressure and keeping McWilliams at bay, but Arroyo was still hanging in there.
Round six and still Gonzalez remained. Overall this was a good back-and-forth battle. While Gonzalez certainly came into this fight with the upper hand, Arroyo landed just enough to keep the fight interesting. In this round though, the seventh, Roman really got in several of his famous body shots.
The war of attrition was starting to take its toll on Arroyo in the eighth. Roman was staying busy with shots of all sorts, and hitting McWilliams all over his body and head from all angles. Arroyo fought back again in the ninth. Fans were getting their moneys’ worth here.
There was great action again in the tenth. Roman continued with his body punches, but through 10 had been unable to drop Arroyo. Both men were on fire in the eleventh. Gonzalez would go on the attack as he had been all night, and McWilliams would keep coming back. We moved into the twelfth and final.
Nothing changed in the last round, and these two fighters left nothing in the ring and gave all they had. We went to the scorecards for this championship fight. Those scores were 119-109 twice, and 120-108, all for “Chocolatito”. His 10-fight knockout streak came to an end, but the WBC World flyweight title is still his.
“It was a very difficult fight. It was difficult to fight him, because he moved quite a bit,” Gonzalez said. “He knows how to avoid the punches. I wanted to fight him and brawl him, and catch him with the counterpunches, but it was very hard because he moves quite a bit.
“I will fight anybody, they are all good. There are no weak fighters. I want to fight the best.”
He did also say that he thinks he has one more year at flyweight, then move up to 115.
Roman might not have been able to go home keeping his knockout record intact, he went home with the victory and his title – not a bad nights’ work.
Two Pedro’s took to the ring, as it was Pedro Duran (14-0, 11 KOs) facing off against Pedro Lopez (6-3-1, 2 KOs) in this super featherweight bout that was scheduled for eight. A left/right combination put Lopez in the canvas in the first round. Right before the bell sounded in the second, a big straight right hand by Duran put Lopez down again. At the end of the eight-count the bell rang, and Lopez made it into another round.
Lopez had his best round of the bout in the third thus far, but he still wasn’t able to control the fight. He did land some good shots on Duran, but not enough to really do any damage. The fourth round was much the same for Duran, who controlled all the action. The corner of Lopez must have felt the same way. As soon as Lopez returned to his corner after that round, the fight was waved off. Another win for Duran.
Ryan Martin (14-0, 9 KOs) went up against Rosbel Montoya (16-8-1, 13 KOs). This was a bout in the lightweight division that was scheduled for six rounds. The first round was unremarkable as the fighters tested the waters a bit. A perfectly timed left hand by Martin put Rosbel down right before the 10-second warning in the second, allowing him to get out of the round.
The third was nothing special by either fighter. In the fourth Ryan landed a perfect left shot to the body of Montoya, putting him down for the second time in the fight. We went to the fifth, and after two really hard punches to the head thrown by Ryan landed on Rosbel, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. decided that Montoya had taken enough punishment, waving the fight off at 1:51of that fifth round.
Martin kept his win streak alive, and added another knockout to his resume as well.
We saw two fights between the women tonight and this was the second one we witnessed. Kenia Enriquez (16-1, 8 KOs) faced off against Amaris Quintana (9-3-2, 1 KO). This fight was a light flyweight bout that was scheduled to go eight rounds. Enriquez battered Quintana from pillar to post, dropping her with a hard left hand. How Amaris got out of the round is a question.
While Kenia was still landing, it was much slower going for her this round. The action picked up again in the third, with Enriquez still in control. Quintana landed a lot of punches in the fourth, but they didn’t seem to even faze Kenia. She didn’t possess the power necessary to make a difference to Enriquez.
The end came in the fifth, when Kenia went on the attack again and just tortured her opponent with punches. It was close as to whether a barrage of punches dropped her or if the referee was just about to stop it, regardless, the stoppage came at :16 seconds of that fifth round.
The opening fight of the evening saw the ladies take to the ring in a super flyweight bout that was scheduled for six rounds. Seniesa Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) took on Selene Lopez (3-5-3, 1 KO) in this match-up. Both women came out strong in the opening round, and Estrada looked to be control. But Lopez landed a hard shot just before the bell.
The second round looked much like the first as the two little spitfires went at it. Both landed punches, and that went for the next round as well. Seniesa really got in some crisp shots in the third, but Selene was not to be denied either, getting her licks in as well.
The next three minutes continued to provide excitement, and while the building was not yet full, the fans that were in attendance were appreciative. The ladies finally slowed down a bit in the sixth and final, but that was no surprise. They had been going pretty much non-stop throughout. We went to the scorecards. All of the scores were the same, 60-54, all for Estrada.
Overall this was a great evening of boxing. “Chocolatito” and “GGG”, fan favorites that put roughly 16,000 in seats night in Inglewood. Gennady is like a rock star; when he was standing and waiting to start his ring walk the cheers began and never stopped. They love him here, and the feeling is mutual.
The one question is: who be willing to fight him next?