Gennady Golovin (30-0, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA and IBO middleweight titles against Marco Antonion Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, in a contest scheduled for 12 rounds. Golovin, 32, and Rubio, 34, both have an arm reach of 70", while the champion is 5′10½″, a half inch taller than the challenger.
Golovkin the Knockout Artist
GGG has amassed an astonishing 27 KOs in 30 outings, and in his last fight against Australian Daniel Geale in July, the 32-year-old floored his opponent in the third round, even though he was caught flush with a shot before throwing his own KO punch. The early end against Geale was the Kazakh's 17th knockout on the trot, and at 90%, he holds the highest KO ratio of any world record-holding boxer currently fighting. There are daunting statistics for any fighter who laces up against GGG.
The Rubio Challenge
Rubio is a durable fighter who has challenged for a world title on two previous occasions. The first was in 2009 when he took the then WBC/WBO champ Kelly Pavlik. Rubio retired after nine rounds of action. The second time was when he dropped a unanimous decision to then WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in February 2012. (The pair are in action above). Since the Chavez Jr. loss, Rubio has rattled off six consecutive wins en route to his third tilt at a title. While he comes into the fight an underdog, the challenger will have some vocal support from Mexican fight fans at the StubHub center on fight night.
Golovkin trains in Big Bear, CA, under the tutelage of Abel Sanchez. It seems that the champ is in supreme shape for what will be his first fight on the West Coast. At the mandatory weigh-in one month before the fight, GGG was already down to 165 pounds, five over the middleweight limit.
Before joining the laid ranks in 2006 Golovkin enjoyed a hugely successful amateur career, during which he only tasted defeat five times in 350 bouts and won a silver medal at the Olympics in Athens.