Power Broker: Golovkin Wastes Rubio

By Robert Ecksel on October 18, 2014
Power Broker: Golovkin Wastes Rubio
Golovkin said about Canelo, “He’s good boy.” It takes one to know one. (Naoki Fukuda)

Gennady Golovkin, the KO King from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, wasted no time wasting Marco Antonio Rubio, stopping the veteran at 1:19 of round two…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 27 KOs), the KO King from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, wasted no time wasting Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 52 KOs), from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, stopping the veteran at 1:19 of round two.

Fighting out of the red corner in blue trunks, Triple G scored his 18th knockout in a row against an opponent who was three inches taller, eight pounds heavier, and considerably more experienced.

But whatever experience Rubio, fighting out of blue corner in black trunks, had coming in, it was inadequate for competing with, or even looking passable against Golovkin.

Both fighters were tentative in round one, but at least Rubio looked like he had come to fight. Unfortunately for Rubio, Golovkin had the same idea and landed 30 of 71 punches to Rubio’s 15 of 59 in the first round. More telling was that Triple G connected with 16 power punches to Rubio’s 10.

The writing was already on the wall.

What the first round lacked in action was more than made up for in round two. Triple G was landing his patented power shots when a right uppercut caught Rubio. He was hurt and retreated to the ropes. There’s no duck Golovkin loves more than a sitting duck. Rubio more than fit the bill. A left hook caught the Mexican on the top of the head and he went down as if shot. Jack Reiss administered the count, but Rubio failed to make it his feet before the ref reached ten.

Rubio’s response to the loss was a smile and shrug, which suggests that the thought of beating Golovkin may have been the furthest thing from his mind. But the final stats suggest that a smile and shrug were appropriate in light of the one-sided beating.

Golovkin landed 45 of 99 total punches (45%) to Rubio’s 21 of 76 (28%). In the power punch department, Triple G landed 28 of 54 (52%) to Rubio’s 13 of 40 (33%).

Rubio had no business being in the ring.

After the fight, Golovkin was his usual cheerful self.

“I love this fight,” he said in broken English. “I take my fans. Thank you very much. Buenos noches, amigos. Como estas? Bien? Muchas gracias. Muchas gracias. Mexican style. Muchas gracias. Champion. Campeon.  Thank you very much. Of course I like fight. I don’t like dancing. I like fight. This is true fight. Rubio he’s not step back. He’s fighter. He’s good fighter. Look at me. I have three belts. I say here, I want fight everybody. I think next year, next fight, I will fight with great champions. I think first Miguel Cotto. I respect him. Great champions, Miguel Cotto.”

When Triple G was asked about a possible fight with Canelo Alvarez, he said, “Of course, of course. I respect him. He’s good boy. And Chavez Jr. too I want fight. And I thinks so first Miguel. I respect him.”

And some of that respect needs to go to Gennady Golovkin.

He’s Good Boy too.

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  1. Koolz 10:38am, 10/20/2014

    One thing I find really funny is the whole GGG hasn’t fought anyone BS in his weight class.  What Middle Weight?  Who the heck are the Top Fighters GGG is supposed to fight?  Cotto because he beat Martinez?  Cotto is damn small they didn’t even let him spar with Golovkin in Big Bear Lake.

    If you saw a picture of Cotto and Golovkin together you would be surprised at just how small Cotto is.

    Who else Quillin?  Pretty average?  I see Korobov and Murray to be better.

    Murray Obviously the next fight Feb.

    But after that what?  There aren’t any Top Fighters that Golovkin should have fought to make him the Man.

    He will just collect the belts and move on like Ward should have done.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:37am, 10/20/2014

    Nicolas-Very much appreciate your fond recall of days gone by….not talking scenic beauty here….Oakland is neck and neck with Detroit when it comes to violent crime….which reminds me….Stockton is another shit stain and yes I’ve been to the neighborhoods in Oakland that have the highest violent crime rates in this city that has the highest crime rates in California and the second highest for a major city in the USA.

  3. nicolas 01:36am, 10/20/2014

    IRISH FRANKIE: When I was a young man, probably about 20 or so, I was sitting on a courthouse step, for a class I was taking with an African American guy, we called them black in those days. He commented to me, “this is such a beautiful city” he looked at me again, and said “you probably think I’m crazy, but if you were back east, you would see ugly sit on buildings, and this city does not have that. The city he was referring to was Oakland. I don’t live in Oakland now, but not too far, and I wonder if you have ever been to Oakland. That guy gave me a greater appreciation of the city that I lived in. I still enjoy sometimes walking on college ave, or seeing Lake Merrit. I for years lived by Jack London Square in a condo, and always have such fond memories of summer time, and getting up in the morning and looking over the Oakland estuary. It has its problems for sure, but on some certain surveys, it scores rather high in positive areas. My parents who were from Europe, always felt that they lived in one of the most beautiful areas of the world.

  4. GALVAR 05:06pm, 10/19/2014

    GGG definitely has cinder blocks for fists but I still pick Ward over him.  Ward just seems a little bit more technical (not by much).

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:43am, 10/19/2014

    The Oakland Billy goat says he’s all primed and ready to head butt the shit out of GGG just like he did Kessler….. anytime GGG’s people are stupid enough to green light a fight….just as long as it’s in Oakland, the shit stain of the West Coast.

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:26am, 10/19/2014

    Baby Huey Chavez Jr. is the one guy that they cant play footsie with on the scales….otherwise the brute will show up fight night at 195 or better and that’s a heavy load even for GGG regardless if it’s another night of target practice or not…..which reminds me….. is one good reason that Froch shouldn’t be so damn froggy when it comes to Jr…..bright lights of Vegas, big payday and all.

  7. nicolas 09:09am, 10/19/2014

    While people do talk about Pacquiao/Mayweather, I myself would be more interested in Mayweather/Golovkin. Mayweather does have more experience, but I don’t think he would want any fight with Golovkin. I was convinced a few years ago, and I think rightfully so, that he would beat Martinez if he would go up to Middleweight, and I think that at this time he could capture the WBC title from Coto. However, if he did that, then there would be the calls of him fighting Golovkin, and he realizes perhaps would be the most dangerous opponent of his career.

  8. Eric 08:34am, 10/19/2014

    “Another easy fight.” Sure was, GGG probably could skip the shower, he barely broke a sweat.

  9. Koolz 08:23am, 10/19/2014

    Best comment I have read about Golovkin.

    “If GGG says he respects you then your F**cked!”  WHAHAHA that just cracked me up!

    I really love the way GGG slipped that fake hook to open up the uppercut, that punch just ended Rubio’s night!

    Those body Shots after wards moved Rubio into position.

    Golovkin demolished a Heavy Bag with just his Left hook in training.

    You could tell that when hit Rubio that that was not him trying to hit hard.  Compare that punch to the one that Knocked Ishida out of the ring.

    That Over head Right was GGG hitting hard on Ishida, the one on Rubio wasn’t very hard.

    Sanchez after round 1!!! He we have 3 or 4 rounds to practice some things.

  10. didier 08:08am, 10/19/2014

    Another easy fight

  11. beaujack 08:03am, 10/19/2014

    I have been watching boxing since the 1940s, and I have not seen a more HURTFUL middleweight than Golovkin…He, unlike some hard hitters is a “controlled” puncher, who wastes no punches and if I had to try to compare him to a fighter of the past, might it not possibly be the great Bob Fitzsimmons ? Pure speculation on my part of course…What a brutal puncher is GGG…

  12. Don from Prov 07:55am, 10/19/2014

    Pete the Sneak: Ditto on Garcia as a trainer.

  13. Koolz 07:27am, 10/19/2014

    http://www.allthebestfights.com/golovkin-vs-rubio-full-fight-video-pelea-2014/

    watching the fight again.  GGG really sets up the KO nicely!  The highlights never show the full combos to the KO.  Watch it with Russian Commentators.

    Already at the end of Round 1 Rubio was in Trouble, he took some really clean shots to the head.

  14. Eric 06:45am, 10/19/2014

    GGG should have been wearing Royals blue instead of Dodger blue. KC over SF in 6. GGG should consider testing the waters at 168 & even 175.

  15. Koolz 06:20am, 10/19/2014

    Pete the Snake

    Yea I agree!  It is the trainer and fighters responsibility to come in on the weight there supposed to for the fight.  They sign a contract there supposed to come in on that weight.  Did Rubio think he could last longer if he was much much larger?  Instead of the weight drain?

    We will never know because he didn’t last!  Hahaha.

    True Donaire went down from a uppercut to the face then got that hook to the head. 
    Walters and Lomachenko Please!

  16. Bob 06:17am, 10/19/2014

    GGG is the most fan friendly fighter in the game.  What a treat to watch him in action.

  17. Degar 05:16am, 10/19/2014

    I wonder how fast “Money” will run in the other direction regarding an encounter between himself and GGG! It will never happen, at least not in this life! After 50-0, Money will hang them up, undefeated. Can you dig it?

  18. Pete The Sneak 05:14am, 10/19/2014

    “Golovkin just Knocked out a Cruiser Weight in Rubio weighing 181.”...And did so rather easily Koolz…Funny how both fights (GGG/Donaire) ended up in the same type KO fashion. Big shots on top of the head…GGG’s power is sick…Speaking of beating a cruiserweight, Robert Garcia (to me) is one of the more overrated trainers in the sport. He continues to compile a long list of fighters who fail to make weight consistently. His excuse that he “can’t monitor a fighter 24/7” is BS and speaks volumes as to the lack of discipline in his training ‘techniques.’...How much was Rubio getting paid for this fight that he could just give up $100 Grand without making the effort? Oh well, hopefully justice will be that the $100G was Garcia’s cut…Peace.

  19. Ted Spoon 03:42am, 10/19/2014

    That makes it two one-punch stoppages in a row that, technically, shouldn’t have been powerful enough to close the show. Quillin would be the ideal prelude for Canelo/Cotto.

  20. Даурен 12:23am, 10/19/2014

    Admin, write correct. Not Karaga, Karaganda.

  21. Darrell 10:42pm, 10/18/2014

    Oh, I have little doubt GGG would KO Murray but just going forward it’s still my belief he should clean out the division before moving to super middleweight…..Murray just gives him a few extra rounds possibly if the other guys don’t come to the party…..and this performance gives them every reason to go anywhere but to GGG’s door.  But the British commentators were suggesting that Murray was looking for GGG, so, why not!

    Yes Rubio was fucken huge!  GGG’s power will definitely translate to super middle.

  22. Koolz 10:05pm, 10/18/2014

    Darrell I think Donaire really should have been trying to feint then weave under Walter’s Jabs and go for the body.  He barely had any Body shots, I don’t know what his plan was, he just go peppered with jab all night.

    He seemed to be relying on trying to KO Walters with left hook which was his down fall.  Walters is damn Good!

    Golovkin just Knocked out a Cruiser Weight in Rubio weighing 181. 
    Yea GGG is special.  That first round Right that knocked Rubio back two feet was impressive.  I can only see one fighter that will go the distance with GGG that is Ward, that is a fight I don’t know the out come of.

    I think Murray would only last 3 rounds with Golovkin.
    Maybe Froch could try and last the distance?  Not sure on that one. 
    there was a lot of BS on Groves sparring Golovkin.

  23. Darrell 09:43pm, 10/18/2014

    I know I just viewed the fight from a net feed but Golovkin’s power is simply insane.  I loved that performance, he really needs to go up if Quillin, Cotto & Alvarez don’t come to the party.  Personally, I’d like to see him fight Martin Murray…..tough boy who might be able to give him a few more rounds than this guy did.

    Koolz, I think Rubio would’ve taken serious, serious damage from Good Boy if he managed to beat the count.

    Donaires poleaxing was a good lead in to the main event too.

  24. Koolz 09:04pm, 10/18/2014

    Oops sorry my bad Right Upper cut , Left Hook to the head.  I was thinking from my perspective.

    https://twitter.com/HBOboxing/status/523675486883282945

  25. Koolz 08:59pm, 10/18/2014

    That was pretty awesome by GGG he slipped in that upper cut then he punched away Rubio’s Gloves and hit him with huge Right to the side of the head.  I think when Rubio was down he couldn’t hear the count because of that punch to the head.  If he got up and it continued it would have just been another knock down.

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