Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) has been ordered by the IBF to make a mandatory defence of his title against Dominic Wade (18-0 12KOs).
When the chances of a Golovkin vs. Canelo super-fight all but evaporated it looked like Golovkin would square off against IBF number one contender, Tureano Johnson, however, Johnson was recently sidelined with a shoulder injury and the IBF have decided to mandate a bout with Wade instead.
ESPN.com reporter Dan Rafael tweeted “With Johnson hurt, IBF has moved on its rankings and ordered GGG to face Dominic Wade. IBF says the sides are negotiating”.
With Johnson hurt, IBF has moved on its rankings and ordered GGG to face Dominic Wade. IBF says the sides are negotiating. #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) January 26, 2016
Wade, who recently managed to work his way past Sam Soliman via split decision has a sparse resume and shouldn’t pose a threat to the likes of Golovkin.
However, should the potential bout with Wade fall through then Golovkin still has a few other options available to him. A unification fight with WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, is still being mentioned as is a match-up with Matt Korobov.