SAN DIEGO, October 18, 2014 – Southern Californians get used to earthquakes, and know not to panic when the entire earth moves beneath their feet.
So when the expected earthquake hit at 1:19 of the second round launched by super middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, the only one that needed to duck and cover was Marco Antonio Rubio.
The sensational knockout wasn’t unexpected, just like California’s quakes, but it’s still a jolt when it happens.
Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) often takes a round or two to get down to business. Not this time. Golovkin promised drama and a show for the fans, and he gave it to them. The action got started from the opening bell, to the delight of the record sellout crowd of 9,which was squarely behind “Triple G.” He went right after Rubio, landing what look like casual body shots and jabs along the way, ending the first round with a sensational straight right. Rubio seemed to take the punches well, but it was Golovkin’s round.
Those punches are money in the bank for Golovkin. When he decides he’s had enough of a warm-up and have given the fans a look at him, he sets up and seemingly fires at will. In this fight he wanted to prove a point, and started doing serious damage to Rubio in round 2. He set up with right and left hooks, and then delivered a single solid left hook to the top of Rubio’s head.
Rubio ended up flat on his back, looking at the ceiling. He wobbled to his feet to beat the count. Nevertheless, referee Jack Reiss stopped it. Rubio protested that it was premature, but the result was inevitable.
Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) is a tough and tested. He earns respect simply by getting in the ring with Triple G after seeing what he did to Geale, Stevens, Macklin, Ishida and so on. But he came in drained from trying to make weight, and he was simply overwhelmed by Golovkin’s focus, ring intelligence, and power to have any chance to stand up to Golovkin’s punching power.
After the fight, Golovkin addresed his Mexican fans, saying in Spanish “Muchos gracias, mucho gracias, campeon… thank you very much.” This would make Golovkin’s sixth language (after Kazahk, Russian, German, Korean, and English).
The fight was knockout number 18 in a row and 28 knockout victories in 31 fights for Golovkin. More important, setting a record attendance in a venue full of excitedsproved that Golovkin has a big fan base in Southern California, especially among Latino fans and he’s on the brink of breaking into the big pay per view draw ranks.
In winning, Golovkin adds the WBC title best to his WBA and IBO belts. The inevitable question following the bout: who’s got the guts to get in the ring next with Golovkin? Who does Golovkin want to see across from him in his next fight
At the post fight news conference, Tom Loeffer of K2 Promotions said the plan is for Golovkin to fight in Europe in February, most likely in Monte Carlo. Loeffler said the likely opponent could be Martin Murray if he wins his bout next week against former European champ Max Bursak in Monte Carlo. But Loeffler added if Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. was willing to step forward and make a fight, plans could change.
Trainer Abel Sanchez wants Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. next. His eyes light up when he talks about getting his champion in the ring with the son of the great Mexican champion. As for Golovkin, he wants to unify all the middleweight belts. But if champions like Miguel Cotto won’t get in the ring with him, no matter. He simply smiles the way he always does, shrugs, and says he’ll fight “anyone.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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