Boxing Picks: Up-And-Coming Middleweight Dominic Wade Faces Gennady Golovkin

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 3:24 PM GMT

Gennady Golovkin is 34-0 as a pro. Dominic Wade is 18-0. Somebody's probably going to lose when they meet this Saturday, and the boxing odds don't look good for Wade.

Jason's 2016 record as of April 18: 1-0 ML, 1-0 Totals (+2.00 units)

Are you an up-and-coming middleweight with something to prove? Want to show the world that you've got “fighting spirit”? Great, here's a job for you: Get into the ring with Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin. Any takers? Anyone?

Not too many people want to touch gloves with the middleweight champion of the world, and the No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter on the Ring Magazine charts. Golovkin is just too damn good; he's won all 34 of his officially recognized professional fights, 31 of them by knockout. Nobody has ever sent “GGG” sprawling to the canvas, not even during his amateur career.

Dominic Wade's going to give it a try this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, and even though Wade himself is undefeated at 18-0 (12 KOs), the boxing odds have Golovkin favored as high as –100000 at press time. Yes, that's a one with five zeroes at the end, available at 138.com.

 

You're My Number One
First of all, if you're going to put GGG in your boxing picks this weekend, you'd better shop around. The lowest price on Golovkin to win is –5750, available at several locations. That's still enough chalk to fill the Marianas Trench, but at least you won't have to bet $1000 to win a dollar. Better still, you could offload some of that chalk by betting on GGG to win by knockout. That's the most likely outcome for Saturday.

One problem with that strategy: There still aren't any boxing props available for this bout as we go to press. Any takers? Anyone? That's how much fear Golovkin has struck in the hearts of boxers and bookmakers alike. But he has to fight someone in this already-scheduled HBO main event, and after Tureano Johnson took his name out of contention because of a sore shoulder, the IBF stepped in and mandated Wade as the No. 1 challenger for their title.

 

Boy, You're Gonna Carry That Wade
And what an interesting choice that was. Wade may be undefeated, but the first 17 of his 18 opponents were tomato cans. It's like looking at an Andy Warhol painting. And we say that here at the ranch with the utmost respect for anyone who laces up the gloves. In his last bout, Wade earned a split decision over the only name fighter he's ever faced, former IBF middleweight champ Sam Soliman. That was last June. Soliman was 41.

It wasn't a particularly well-received decision, either. “I definitely felt I won, and I think Wade knows I won, too,” Soliman told reporters after the fight. Officially, Wade knocked him down in the fourth round, but we looked at the Zapruder film, and it was obviously a push, not a punch. Anyway, no offense to Wade, who still has upside at age 26, but there's no way we're going to recommend anything but a small bet on Golovkin to win Saturday.

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Free UFC Pick: Golovkin –5750
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