Unbeaten Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his World Titles against American Dominic Wade at the Forum in Los Angeles, Saturday 23 April.
After mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson suffered an injury, the IBF installed Wade as the next available opponent.
The Kazakh KO King revealed through a K2 Promotions press release: “Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me.”
The 25‐year‐old challenger has an outstanding amateur pedigree being a four‐time Junior Olympic Champion.
Last time out he edged Sam Soliman to pick up a split decision win, moving to 18-0 in the process.
“I've worked hard my entire career to get to this point. I'm poised and ready to take on the challenge,” explained Wade.
The winner will have all eyes on May’s huge fight between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan, either man must declare their intentions to fight Golovkin [or Wade] within 15 days after the fight or be stripped of the WBC crown.
Billy Joe Saunders is the final piece to the Middleweight World Title jigsaw and will be looking for big fights during the remainder of 2016 and beyond.