Another night, another hapless middleweight vanquished at the hands of Gennady Golvokin, who made a triumphant debut at the StubHub Center with an easy second round KO of Marco Antonio Rubio. The search remains on for a marquee name to step up to the plate and face GGG. In the meantime, the man is keeping active and showing no mercy on his division.
THE SLAUGHTER: Rubio came into the right tonight at 181 pounds after failing to make weight on Friday. The extra girth didn’t do much for his durability — Golovkin’s punching accuracy with both hands had Rubio stumbling and his head snapping all over the ring. Rubio landed his own leather, but Golovkin rolled with most of the shots and prevented the well-traveled veteran from getting off anything flush.
The end began with a Golovkin counter right uppercut through the guard, followed but a high-arching left hand on the side of the temple. Rubio went crashing to the canvas. He beat the count too late to continue in spite of his protests.
COTTO (AND OTHERS) ON THE CLOCK: Golovkin emphasized his desire to face the division’s lineal champion in Miguel Cotto. While we widely expect Cotto’s next fight to be in May 2015 against Canelo Alvarez, we also know Miguel’s history in facing avoided champions (Antonio Margarito, Austin Trout). Golovkin also affirmed his willingness to face Canelo, whom he already called a “good boy” during his post-fight interview.
Per Golovkin’s advisor Tom Loeffler, GGG will make a February ring return in Europe unless they can secure a pay-per-view matchup against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who’s currently sidelined due to a contentious legal battle with Top Rank. Chavez previously declined a Golovkin fight due to contract requirements that he sign an extension.
WARD IGNORED: Of all the names mentioned, the best fighter around Golovkin’s weight class was curiously left off. Andre Ward, who next month will have been out of action for a full year, sent a note through his attorney that he’s ready to fight Golovkin at “any time”
What he meant to say is he’ll fight Golovkin “whenever my legal battles with Goossen Promotions are resolved.” Even at this stage, Ward is under the impression that Golovkin has to come to him. If Ward is serious about putting pressure on Golovkin, he needs to get together an official offer and send it to GGG’s camp. Of course, that would require being on the same page as your promoter. Until then, Ward’s words ring hollow.
A NEW HOME: Golovkin’s first fight in California resulted in a sold-out crowd chanting his name. You can argue that the reception was better than anything he’s been able to garner in his adopted base of Madison Square Garden. If the Chavez Jr. bout comes off, a Vegas alternative could be a LA venue like the Staples Center.[youtube http://youtu.be/fMsON57EZbs]