Golovkin to face Rubio in Southern California

By Igor Frank

Gennady Gennadievich Golovkin also known as "GGG" has been going through opponents like a bowling bowl making a strike after strike after strike. Fourteen of his last opponents, like bowling pins, all eventually went down. His next adversary, hardnosed Mexican veteran, Marco Antonio Rubio is expected to suffer the same fate.

They are scheduled to face off in a twelve rounds or less middleweight championship fight at the StubHub Center in Carson California on October 18th, 2014. HBO Championship Boxing will televise this event live at 7:00pm on the West Coast.

“I don’t feel obligated to score a knock out,” said Golovkin during a press conference at famed Olvera Street in Los Angeles announcing their showdown. “It’s just my style, my Mexican style. It’s my big present for everybody, for boxing fans in United States.”

Fittingly, Golovkin (30-0,27KO’S) vs. Rubio (59-6-1,51KO’S) for a middleweight unification contest for Gennady’s WBA super championship title and Marco Antonio’s WBC interim belt is dubbed “Mexican Style.”

Not a stranger to Mexican style fighting,  Mexican national Marco Antonio Rubio is a fighter with a very strong chin and who is not allergic to scoring knock outs. According to records Rubio recorded twenty one more stoppages than Golovkin had fights.

“I am not concerned about how many knock outs are on his record,” said Golovkin, 32. “I am not chasing weak opponents. We are going to have a unification fight. That’s what I wanted.”

What fans want is a unification bout with newly crowned lineal champion, Miguel Cotto.

“I respect Miguel,” said Golovkin, but his promoter Tom Loeffler indicated that team Cotto did not respond to their offer to fight. For now thirty four years old Marco Antonio Rubio who can bang with the best of them will be the next challenge.

Rubio went twelve rounds with Chavez Junior in 2012 and took then unbeaten middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik into deep waters five years ago. He lost the fight, but did not get knocked out; simply ran out of gas. Let’s not forget when Rubio went to Canada three years ago and stopped a knock out artist, David Lemieux who at the time had a record of 25 wins, no losses and 24 knock outs, which represented 96% KO ratio. Golovkin’s current KO ratio of 90% is the best in boxing today.

Is Rubio the toughest test of Gennady’s professional career?

“Absolutely,” replied Golovkin who’s last outing against former champion Daniel Geale resulted in a brutal third round knockout. “He is very smart. He is a warrior. He is not scared. He is an interim WBC Champion. I saw a lot of fights of Marco. He is the best Mexican boy from middleweight division. He fights very well. Right now it is the biggest test for me and the first fight in California.”

Gennady said that he is planning to buy a house in Southern California and move his family here from Germany. He expressed excitement about fighting in Los Angeles and a bright outlook on his future in boxing.

“My training camp, my coach Abel Sanchez, the last five years I’ve been training here at Big Bear Lake. It’s very important for me,” said Golovkin about fighting for the first time at Stub Hub Center in Los Angeles. “It’s my first fight in California. In the future, bigger fights may be at Staples Center, maybe Forum.”

October 18th  Golovkin’s fight will be at the StubHub Center, a venue that has been gaining popularity amid boxing fans for staging unforgettable slugfests. My personal favorite is 2008 third collision between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez.  Or who can forget Rios-Alvarado l or the Bradley-Provodnikov battle?

The Golovkin-Rubio showdown should be able to uphold the fine tradition at the StubHub Center and is sure to produce a spectacular knock out on top of that. And by the way if you love knock outs, an appetizer has been added to the main course. Two featherweights, small in stature, but with thunder in their fists, Nonito Donaire (33-2, 22KO’S) and Nicolas Walters (24-0,20KO’S) will square off to contend for Donaire’s WBA crown.