Slim Pickings for Rubio

By Ted Sares on April 6, 2014
Slim Pickings for Rubio
Marco Antonio Rubio, who is rated Number One by the WBC and WBO, deserves better.

Marco Antonio Rubio’s last two losses were to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 and Kelly Pavlik in 2009. In between and since, he has won 16 bouts…

“I’d take James DeGale in heartbeat.”—Billy Joe Sanders

“I would take great pleasure in smashing him (Chris Eubank Jr.) to pieces and shutting that big mouth up.”—Sanders

Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio’s last two losses were to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 and Kelly Pavlik in 2009. In between and since, he has won 16 bouts, 14 inside the distance. His overall mark is 59-6-1 and with 50 KOs, he has a KO% of 77.27. Among his scalps dating back to May 2000 are J.C. Candelo, Jorge Vaca, Frankie Randall, Fitz Vanderpool, Alfredo Cuevas, Rigoberto Alvarez, Jose Luis Zertuche, David Lemieux, Matt Vanda, Carlos Baldomir, and most recently Italian Domenico “Vulcano” Spada whom he waxed in the 10th round to win the interim WBC middleweight title.

Rubio’s win was on April 5 in Chihuahua and puts him squarely into the middleweight mix.

The RING’S ratings include Rubio as number seven in its top ten, and he is ranked eighth in the Transnational Boxing Ratings. Ahead of him are:

1. Gennady Golovkin
2. Peter Quillin
3. Felix Sturm
4. Daniel Geale
5. Martin Murray
6. Sam Soliman
7. Matthew Macklin

The RING places Curtis Stevens, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, and Billy Joe Sanders under him while the TBR has Andy Lee and N’Jikam below him.

Who next for El Veneno? I can see the winner of the Quillin vs. Konecny April 19 fight as a possibility. The winner of Sturm vs. Soliman on May 31 comes to mind as well. Frankly, I don’t think Curtis Steven has earned a shot but that could change down the road.

If Macklin fights Geale in May as rumored, the pickings begin to get slim for Rubio. N’Jikam fights the dreaded TBA next week. Thus cocky Billy Joe Sanders (19-0) emerges as a distinct possibility and a dangerous one at that, but he is targeting James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.

Danny Jacobs (27-1 with a KO% of 85.71) might fit the bill in a venue in Brooklyn.

At any rate, and with a 59-6-1 record, Marco Antonio Rubio, who is rated Number One by the WBC and WBO, deserves better.

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  1. Ted 07:19am, 04/09/2014

    the winner of the Quillin vs. Konecny

  2. Don from Prov 05:44am, 04/09/2014

    Who would you like to see Rubio fight, Ted?

  3. kid vegas 03:35pm, 04/08/2014

    Rubio looks like Gene Reno

  4. kid vegas 11:34am, 04/07/2014

    Rubio is a blue-collar type of guy and it’s hard not to like him.

  5. Clarence George 09:24am, 04/07/2014

    But given Johnson’s performance Friday night against the fairly well-known and respected Stevens, in combination with the consensus that he was robbed, I think there’s going to be increased interest in seeing him in the ring.

  6. Ted 07:45am, 04/07/2014

    But that left hook from hell settled the Italian’s hash (aka Polenta).

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:42am, 04/07/2014

    Ted Sares-Check out the ninth round when the referee admonishes Rubio to “stop complaining”....from his tone it sounds like he was thinking about taking a point….at least he didn’t warn him to stop whining. Which reminds me…. think for just a moment about how Pavlik literally dismantled Rubio…and what has transpired since…..alcoholism is a terrible disease.

  8. Ted 07:25am, 04/07/2014

    Dollar, that’s the point.

  9. Ted 07:24am, 04/07/2014

    Well, I thought about Tueano but there would be no real money for either fighter in my view, Clarence.

  10. dollarbond 05:37am, 04/07/2014

    Never heard of him.

  11. Clarence George 07:54pm, 04/06/2014

    Big fan of Rubio.  Few bring it like he does.

    What about Tureano Johnson, Ted?  Outstanding performance on his part Friday night, robbed of his victory over a flummoxed Curtis Stevens by Gary Rosato, yet another blundering ref.

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