What a night at the StubHub Center in Carson California.
Southern California finally got a chance to see their new adopted boxer fight in person. WBA Middleweight World Champion Gennady ‘GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) who trains out of Abel Sanchez Big Bear, CA training facilities fought for the first time in Los Angeles. In front of a capacity crowd of 9,323 he dominated Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) and won via 2nd round KO.
Golovkin came out relaxed and confident in round 1. Rubio tried to prove why 51 of his previous opponents never heard the final bell but Golovkin showed no respect for his Mexican opponents power. Golovkin out landed Rubio with cleaner and harder shots. In round two Golovkin stepped up the pace and began to throw power combinations to the head and body. Half way through the round he landed a perfectly timed left hook to the top of Rubios head that knocked him down. Rubio lay confused on the canvas for a few seconds and then gave a valiant effort to get up but it was too late. Referee Jack Reese waved the fight off and Golovkin recorded his 18th straight KO win.
When addressing the crowd afterwards Golovkin spoke few phrases in Spanish to the delight of his Mexican fans. When Max Kellerman inquired who he would like to fight new Golovkin answered calmly. “Look at my belts” he said with 3 belts hanging on his shoulders, “I’ll fight anybody, but I would like to fight Cotto. I respect him very much”. Kellerman then asked about Canelo, “He is a good boy, I’d like to fight him too and Chavez Jr. but Cotto first because I respect him so much.”
The whole card was called “Mexican Style”, a phrase Golovkin had coined during his post fight comments after his win this July against Daniel Geale. The crowd got just that. It’s safe to say he has connected with the hearts of his Southern California fans and found a home base. In an almost surreal atmosphere Golovkin the humble fighter from Kazakhstan fighting a Mexican boxer in front of a predominantly Mexican American crowd was showered with chants of “Triple G” Golovkin’s moniker.
Golovkin destroys Rubio in two.
Written by Soren Krabbe
Photo by Kylie Krabbe
October 18th 2014