Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA Super and IBO middleweight titles against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on October 18. The 32-year-old from Kazakhstan, who has an incredible 90% KO percentage, was last in action on July 26 when he knocked out former world title holder Daniel Geale in the third round of their fight in the main arena at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rubio is a seasoned veteran who has challenged for a world title on two previous occasions, dropping a unanimous decision to then WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in February 2012 and retiring after nine rounds against then WBC/WBO champ Kelly Pavlik in 2009. The Mexican will go into this fight a rank outsider, as Golovkin has left a trail of destruction behind him in the 160-pound division. The statistics are staggering; Golovkin hasn't gone the distance in six years, his knockout percentage is the highest of any current champion and he has defended his title 11 times.
Golovkin has concussive power in both hands, and his ability to cut the ring off always puts him in prime position to inflict damage on his opponents, which he does with a surgeon's precision. He also has a mean defense, and he has never been knocked down, either as an amateur or as a professional. While Rubio is a tough honest fighter who has promised to bring a strong Mexican style fight to the champion, there is nothing to suggest that the GGG train won't keep on rolling on in what will be his first fighting appearance on the West Coast. In case you are not too familiar with the man, here are five things you need to know about Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin.