Golovkin vs Wade is selling tickets despite obvious mismatch

By @hoopsdontstop30 on
World champion Gennadiy Golovkin of Kazakhstan reacts after defeating Martin Murray of England during the WBA-WBC-IBO Middleweight World Championship in Monte Carlo, early February 22, 2015. Golovkin defended his title, defeating Murray in the 12 rounds. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The fight between unified middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin and Dominic Wade is bound for a sell-out event despite the obvious mismatch in experience and power.

K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler confirmed that the Golovkin vs Wade bout has already sold 8,000 tickets in just the first week of being on sale. Loeffler noted that part of the fast ticket sales, which is bound for a sell-out event, is the pairing of Golovkin and Roman “Chocolatito Gonzalez.” But according to Dan Ambrose of Boxing News 24, it is still a surprise to see an overmatched main event selling tickets like hotcakes.

“What’s surprising about the fast selling of tickets is the fact that the Golovkin-Wade fight is a mismatch,” Ambrose wrote. “It’s arguably more of a mismatch than Golovkin’s last two fights against David Lemieux and Willie Monroe Jr.”

Ambrose also noted that the sellout-bound match shows that Golovkin could post huge pay-per-view numbers regardless of who his opponent is. Gonzalez taking on McWilliams Arroyo is also a mismatch itself, which means fans probably just want to witness knockout fights instead of a tactical type of boxing.

However, it does not mean that Loeffler should not get the undefeated Kazakh a more challenging opponent than Wade, who is ready to take on GGG on Apr. 23 at the Forum in California.

Wade became the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s IBF middleweight title, after No. 1 contender Tureano Johnson suffered a shoulder injury before fight negotiations. The 25-year-old undefeated American, though tagged as the supreme underdog against Golovkin, claimed he was ready to go face-to-face with the Kazakh knockout artist.

"I think (Golovkin) can fight,” Wade said, reports ESPN. “He's a good fighter, but I think he's basic as well. (His style is) straight up and down. It's not a style I haven't seen before.”