Reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defends his world titles against the typically fearless Mexican campaigner Marco Antonio Rubio on his west coast début at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California on October 18th.
Golovkin AKA GGG is the most feared fighter in the sport of boxing at this moment in time after notching up seventeen straight stoppage victories on route to his world title straps. The Karaganda born Kazakh has seemingly emerged from the wilderness in recent years but his records as both a professional and amateur tell you that this is not likely to be a fleeting rise to prominence. Golovkin is undefeated as a pro and boasts an amateur record of 345 wins with just 5 losses. He has never been knocked out or down and is yet to show a chink in his armour. The Athens 2004 Olympic silver medal winner teamed up with Mexican trainer Abel Sánchez after making his move to the United States. Training out of Big Bear, California, Sánchez added to his fighters natural power and disciplined amateur foundations with an aggressive forward Mexican approach and the combination has blended into the perfect concoction.
Marco Antonio Rubio Will have to call on every ounce of his experience despite this fight being billed an all out toe to toe war. His astute trainer Robert Garcia will no doubt have a strategy for his veteran campaigner to implement on fight night that is more than just to recklessly throw leather in the hope of landing. Despite being the older man Rubio’s knockout power is still every bit as strong and potent with three of his last four wins coming via way of knockout. After former failed world title assaults against Kelly Pavlik and Julio César Chávez Jr, this might prove to be his last shot at glory. Despite being a heavy underdog he is probably the biggest puncher that Golovkin has faced in his career to date. Fighters such as Lucas Matthysse have recently enjoyed being billed as killer knockout kings until he came unstuck against Danny Garcia. Rubio will be hoping that its the same case for GGG.
Golovkin has already been touted for mega showdowns in the super middleweight division but arguably has not faced the best middleweights out there in the likes of WBA champion Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez and the undefeated ‘kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin. His last win came against two time world champion Daniel Geale and he became the first person to stop the tough Australian although he was considered as a weaker world champion. However it is the pure ease with which Golovkin controls his opponents and the destructive fashion of his finishes over these opponents which leads you to think that the Ring Magazine fighter of the year for 2013 is the real deal and is just waiting for some career defining fights.
Golovkin: W30 (KO27) L0 D0 KO%90
Antonio Rubio: W59 (KO51) L6 (KO3) D1 KO%77.27