Dominic Wade: My time is coming
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
January 26, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – A fighter’s career is not defined by a loss but defined on how that fighter bounces back and transcends his career to the next level. At the age of twenty-six, and in his prime, Washington D.C.’s Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) is preparing to make his return to the ring in explosive fashion.
Wade has fought some of the best fighters in boxing. He’s faced former IBF Welterweight champion Showtime Shawn Porter and current WBA champion Daniel Jacobs as an amateur during their time in the Olympic trials and most notably the current WBA (super), IBF, IBO, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as a profssional.
After winning eighteen consecutive fights Wade became the number one mandatory challenger to Golovkin’s IBF championship after the mandatory contender Tureano Johnson was unable to take the bout with Golovkin due to shoulder injury. In facing Golovkin he would go on to suffer his first loss as a professional (a second round TKO).
Wade shared his thoughts to the lead-up of the fight which became the most watched bout by boxing fans in 2016.
“In a fight of that magnitude my preparation and my mind needed to be on point. There’s a lot that goes on with a world class title fight. I had a lot going on leading up to my fight with Golovkin. Before I walked into the ring I was on the phone with my probation officer. I was on house arrest and probation. I was having difficulty making weight.”
“I couldn’t leave the DMV area. The day of the press conference in NYC I had to drive to the press conference and drive straight back home. I had an ankle bracelet on during my whole training camp. As soon as they took it off they locked me up for a week and half before the fight. Once I came out I had a day to get myself to relax. I flew to California the next day for the media workout. There was just so much going during the fight.”
“Losing to Golovkin was a lesson learned. If given a proper and decent training camp I know that I can beat him. Yes, he hits hard but I would’ve been better equipped to defeat him. I have no excuses, I’m just stating facts.”
Wade, who is born and raised from Washington, D.C., has since relocated to begin a new chapter in his boxing career.
“I live in New York now and this is where I will begin my road back to the ring. D.C. will always be my home and I still want to fight in my city. I will always want to fight in my city. I want to win a world championship and defend my title in the city that raised me, just like Sugar Ray Leonard. I’m going to miss training regularly in D.C. I plan to return to train in D.C. soon but for now my I have begun my training out here.”
“I’m a D.C. fighter no matter what. It’s very important to me to represent where I’m from. I used to train at the HeadBangers Boxing Gym. Its great work there and the trainers are some of the best in boxing. A lot of fighters from out of the D.C. area come down to train there. There’s a reason for that. D.C. boxing has the best talent. We’re naturally talented fighters. There are many fighters from the D.C. area that don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Only because they get caught up in the streets and caught up in the negativity.”
“Sometimes a fighter needs to get away from where they’re from to regain their focus. That is one of the reasons why I decided to move out of the D.C. From everything that I’ve dealt with previously I felt I needed a change. I feel it’s the best decision to expand for me and my family. I need to get back to where I’m supposed to be and that’s on top. My focus is solely on boxing, my family, and my career.”
With a mind free of distractions Wade is ready to take his career to the next level. He is focused on taking his career to the next level and with the support of Al Haymon he will undoubtedly get that opportunity.
“I am still signed with Al Haymon (Premier Boxing Champions) and I’m looking to fight very soon (February or March). I speak with Sam (Watson) and Al (Haymon) all the time. They’re both very supportive and ready for me to get back into the ring. PBC treats me well. They are real fair and treat their fighters correct. They make sure that everything is right.”
“Since my last fight I’ve been blocking out things in my life (negativity). I’ve straighten things up and now I’m strictly committed to boxing. I have my mind right and within the middleweight and super-middleweight division there are many great fights that can be made me. There were a lot of things that took place during my last fight that but now everything is cleared up I’m ready to get back into the mix.”
“My goal is to fight anywhere between 160lbs to 168lbs. I’ve been in the ring with a lot of fighters between 160lb and 175lb. I have my grown-man power and my total focus. There are many opportunities for me to fight between the middleweight and super middleweight division. There are some good fighters at 168lbs. I’ve fought guys similar to the current fighters in that division and I’m ready to come get what’s mine.”
As mentioned earlier a loss to a good champion does not define how your career will go. Wade may have suffered a loss to Golovkin but he’s prepared to challenge the winner of the mega-fight between the undefeated Golovkin and Jacobs for another shot at a world title.
“I fought Jacobs in the Olympics trials. He’s gotten smarter and better as a fighter. I’d love the opportunity to fight him in the professional ranks.”
“I’d also love a rematch with Golovkin. With a decent training camp, and not having to deal with outside issues, I know I can beat him.”
As he prepares himself for his next fight Wade will surely be ready to make his mark towards winning a world championship.
“I’m coming back strong this year, getting back to where I need to be. I’ve been out of the ring for almost a year and I’m ready to return. I have the skills to become a world champion. Look out for my next fight because it will be a good one.”
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