The Golovkin Is Released; GGG Stops Rubio in Round Two

Gennady Golovkin did what he does, manhandle and stop his foe on Saturday night in Carson, CA., at the Stub Hub Center, and on HBO. The scrap was billed as “Mexican Style” but the loser, Marco Antonio Rubio, came in overweight, and underwhelming, not nearly in a manner befitting true Mexican pugilistic legends, or frankly, even sub legendary hitters.

In round two, Golovkin dropped his Mexican opponent, and the loser couldn’t beat the count. A right uppercut buzzed him, and then after, a left hook did the overwhelming damage.

GGG was 159 (173) on Friday, while Rubio was 161 3/4 (181). He had to hand $100,000 to GGG, for being overweight. Trainer Robert Garcia said Rubio had lost 15 pounds a couple days before, and he couldn’t take off any more. Is it a trend, Max Kellerman asked? No, he said; it happens in boxing, and he can’t babysit the fighters. Jim Lampley said that it is the responsibility of both the trainer and the fighter to honor their contract. Before the scrap, we heard about Gennady’s fraternal twin bro, Max, who also fought, but didn’t have the same drive. He helps Abel Sanchez train Gennady, we were told.

In the first, GGG, with that wide stance, landed hooks. His stiff jab worked, but Rubio didn’t cave right away. He actually came forward, but not as much as the round progressed. Rubio answered after eating a sharp, to his credit. Sanchez said after that they had three or four rounds to practice. In the second, Rubio ate nasties. A right to the body smarted on Rubio. A right uppercut wobbled the Mexican. Down he went, at 1:50, from a well placed left hook. He didn’t get up in time…

The sequence to the close went like this: GGG used a left hook-right uppercut combo. When the uppercut stunned Rubio, he hopped on him. A left hook to the body helped the process, and Rubio backed away, his faculties compromised. GGG basted, missed a couple while Rubio slipped and ducked, desperately, but a left hook high on the head put Rubio on his back. Jack Reiss counted to ten and Rubio timed it so he got up a millisecond after the ten, so he could complain and look irked. He hugged GGG after, smiled, I guess happy he made the money and didn’t get battered for very long.

The end: 1:19, of the second, for the smiling assassin, a shark on two legs…

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COMMENTS

-DaveB :

So happy to see him beat that cheater. I think it will be hard for GGG to get Cotto and Alvarez in the ring. GGG should stay at 160 and do his thing. It is going to make him look bad to call out every other fighter at 168 besides Ward. If he fights Ward things are going to turn out badly for him so he is going to rightly avoid Ward. At 160 he looks unbeatable right now and is highly entertaining. I will admit he hasn't dealt with adversity but he is exciting to watch and it is possible he might never have to deal with adversity at 160. I'm like Jim Lampley I just want to see him fight.


-deepwater2 :

I like fight.


-the Roast :

Feeble effort from Rubio. He never should have been in there from the start. Doesn't make weight, stays down and then acts surprised when the fight is stopped. I hope to never see Rubio again. 3G is fun to watch, I hope to see him in with a real fighter soon.


-stormcentre :

Yes, unfortunately, Rubio was never going to win or make a decent fight out of it.


-brownsugar :

Shades of Bruce Seldon versus Mike Tyson. I'm always suspicious of a guy who smiles too much before and/or after getting knocked out. Of course I enjoy watching GGG, But somebody please man up and face this man.... Anybody who is somebody at middleweight, If you are reading this, come out from under your rock. Exit from your hidey-hole, Remove your disguise, disenroll from the Witness protection Program ...and FACE this man..... I implore you....and you know who you are ...FIGHT!!!!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Shades of Bruce Seldon versus Mike Tyson. I'm always suspicious of a guy who smiles too much before and/or after getting knocked out. Of course I enjoy watching GGG, But somebody please man up and face this man.... Anybody who is somebody at middleweight, If you are reading this, come out from under your rock. Exit from your hidey-hole, Remove your disguise, disenroll from the Witness protection Program ...and FACE this man..... I implore you....and you know who you are ...FIGHT!!!!
I agree, yes please come out and face him because he is a juggernaut, but one that has flaws and weaknesses that can be exploited. He will lose the first time he faces a boxer with a chin. Someone that can keep a jab on him, check hook and pivot when he rushes them, thus keeping the fight in the middle of the ring, and smother some of his wide inside shots will have great success. I think Andre Ward makes easy work of GGG. However, Ward is a super middleweigbt.


-The Commish :

Feeble effort from Rubio. He never should have been in there from the start. Doesn't make weight, stays down and then acts surprised when the fight is stopped. I hope to never see Rubio again. 3G is fun to watch, I hope to see him in with a real fighter soon.
A friend of mine from California, who's got Mexican blood in him, roots for every Mexican fighter there is. He texted me prior to the GGG-Rubio fight and said this: "Your boy GGG is gonna' find out what real middleweight power feels like. I doubt Rubio is gonna' win, but he is for sure gonna' put a real hurtin' on GGG before the champ has his hand raised." Well, within a minute after the overweight Rubio watched as Jack Reiss waved his arms, signalling an end to the fight at 1:19 o the second, I received a text from my friend. He refused to buy the ending. "This is b.s.," he wrote. "Jack Reiss is a piece of s%*t. He stopped the fight after Rubio got up at eight. Rubio was ready to fight on! This is b.s.!" As I playfully texted him, telling him he's really got to stop watching fights with his heart, I received another text. Different guy, but also Mexican blood. It's as if he was watching the fight with my other Mexican-bllooded friend. "A total crock!" he wrote. "I don't know why I bother watching. Rubio took this fight knowing everything was against him, even the ref." I wrote him back. "Are you saying Rubio was given a quick count?" "Most def!" he wrote. I must've had 20 messages, total, from both of them when I woke up this morning. WTF! Are they kidding? Are they joking? Or are they really of the belief Rubio was gooing to fight on, come back strong and beat GGG? Rubio would have gone down again. Maybe he would have even gotten up again. But the eventual ending would have been the same. I hate it when so many of these guys go down, then stare at the TV lights above them as the referee hovers above them, counting so loud that a deaf guy can hear it. Then they put on this WWE act and rise oh so slowly, just beating the count. Then, when the referee waves it off, they feebly protest. "What! What are you doing?" they cry. "I beat the count. "Please don't stop it. I was up!" Yeh, you were up. You were up to simply getting paid and getting the hell out of the ring. Rubio could fight GGG 10 times and not do any better than he did on Saturday night. I'm glad we got to see GGG in action again. I'm not glad it was Rubio. Let Rubio go baqck to Mexico and keep eating. Maybe he'll come back next year as a heavyweight. Maybe he can come back on Lucha Libre. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

I agree, yes please come out and face him because he is a juggernaut, but one that has flaws and weaknesses that can be exploited. He will lose the first time he faces a boxer with a chin. Someone that can keep a jab on him, check hook and pivot when he rushes them, thus keeping the fight in the middle of the ring, and smother some of his wide inside shots will have great success. I think Andre Ward makes easy work of GGG. However, Ward is a super middleweigbt.
Of course you are right. But they ain't around in the middleweights. And it is no way in hell that 3g is going to fight SOG Ward or even "Bobo" Andrade. Why should he? It is prizefighting, not challenging fighting. Why would he get exposed and become a reduced-purse pug? No way should he not Sugar Ray Robinson -- I mean duck -- that murder row. Somebody must be crazy if you think that 3g is looking for a world beater. Later for that, JACK! He's looking to be a boxing Mack. And with dat moolah, make a whole, big-arse sack. And easy fights against M-Co, SOAL-JCCJ and Canelo are at the top of the pack -- EEEASY money. Holla!


-The Commish :

Of course you are right. But they ain't around in the middleweights. And it is no way in hell that 3g is going to fight SOG Ward or even "Bobo" Andrade. Why should he? It is prizefighting, not challenging fighting. Why would he get exposed and become a reduced-purse pug? No way should he not Sugar Ray Robinson -- I mean duck -- that murder row. Somebody must be crazy if you think that 3g is looking for a world beater. Later for that, JACK! He's looking to be a boxing Mack. And with dat moolah, make a whole, big-arse sack. And easy fights against M-Co, SOAL-JCCJ and Canelo are at the top of the pack -- EEEASY money. Holla!
Exactly! You hit this on the bullseye! Put yourself into the management position! It's all about earning potential! GGG stands to earn millions. Tens of millions. Are his fights not fun to watch? He makes bozos out of guys who can really fight. I know Marco Antonio Rubio will never be remembered as GGG's defining fight, but would you rather him sit on the sidelines for a year or longer, waiting for the likes of Canelo Alvarez, JCC Jr. and Miguel Cotto? No. Turn him loose. Put him on HBO and have the public get to know him. Line up a few more guys like Curtis Stevens, Marco Antonio Rubio, Daniel Geale, Matthew Macklin, Nobuhiro Ishida and Greg Proksa. Together, they had a combined record of 167-23-3 going in to face GGG. You want him to fight Andre Ward next? Let Ward get back in the ring first. He's been inactive a year. In that same time, GGG has fought around four times. There would have been another one in there had GGG's father not passed away, put GGG on the shelf for a few months. GGG is the middleweight champion. Let him clean out the division before hollering for stiffer opposition. In time, that will happen. Quite possibly, GGG is so good that he'll make even the "stiffer opposition" look like stiffs! -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

GGG barely got warmed up... Rubio was a happy man once the fight was over... Too happy.


-oubobcat :

Feeble effort from Rubio. He never should have been in there from the start. Doesn't make weight, stays down and then acts surprised when the fight is stopped. I hope to never see Rubio again. 3G is fun to watch, I hope to see him in with a real fighter soon.
To say the least very disappointed in Rubio. He was there to collect one last paycheck and get out of the ring as soon as possible. I love how he argued when he had plenty of time to make it to his feet beforehand. I though GGG would destroy him but I at least expected Rubio to try. And that didn't happen.


-amayseng :

I agree, yes please come out and face him because he is a juggernaut, but one that has flaws and weaknesses that can be exploited. He will lose the first time he faces a boxer with a chin. Someone that can keep a jab on him, check hook and pivot when he rushes them, thus keeping the fight in the middle of the ring, and smother some of his wide inside shots will have great success. I think Andre Ward makes easy work of GGG. However, Ward is a super middleweigbt.
You think you can beat this monster by using a jab and a check hook going backwards for 3 minutes of 12 rounds? Good luck with that BS. As if GGG is just a robot with no ability to adjust and feint and clobber the **** out of that lame approach. Ward vs GGG is a close toss up. Saying a skills boxer with those two things would beat GGG is fascination an fictional contrived BS. Get clobbered by that nonstop stalking monster for 12 rounds throwing a check hook and let me know how your pivoting out goes.


-SouthPawFlo :

I'm a GGG fan, but Rubio came to Collect a paycheck last night.... He knew he had no shot to win and HBO didnt want him to win so instead of taking a long night of punishment he took a dive after the first good shot.. And that was the fastest count I've ever seen too.... HBO wants this kid to be a PPV star so they are not gonna put him in anything but showcase fights until he is a household name and ready for PPV.. Expect him back around February-March demolishing another C Level opponent and PPV dates in summer and fall


-Froggy :

I agree 100%, but how are they going to get a good opponent for him ? I don't blame GGG or HBO, the risk reward equation isn't there yet to get a live dog !


-amayseng :

I'm a GGG fan, but Rubio came to Collect a paycheck last night.... He knew he had no shot to win and HBO didnt want him to win so instead of taking a long night of punishment he took a dive after the first good shot.. And that was the fastest count I've ever seen too.... HBO wants this kid to be a PPV star so they are not gonna put him in anything but showcase fights until he is a household name and ready for PPV.. Expect him back around February-March demolishing another C Level opponent and PPV dates in summer and fall
You're a fan but say a good boxer with a jab and check hook makes easy work of this wrecking ball... Makes no sense. It would take a phenomenal boxer like Floyd, Ward or Hopkins to beat GGG. I would trade you your check hook off your back foot for my left hook with all my weight and momentum coming forward as I rotate and torque through. I bet you quit before I do. Floyd knocked out Hatton with a check hook due to 150 razor accurate shots of accumulation, not because a check hook is a destroying punch. GGG has near 400 amateur fights, has every tool in the book but because he just walks through fighters destroying them means he can not box? You think GGG in 12 rounds does not have the ability to adjust to a boxer hooking off the back foot and pivoting out? Like he wont adjust his spacing, rhythm, footwork or feints? He wont slip that jab and take away that check hook by adjusting his footwork to his right and shooting that right hand? One common theme continues with GGG. Once he hits you , you stop doing what you want to in there. The kid is the real deal, a jab and check hook are not going to stop this killer...


-Radam G :

You think you can beat this monster by using a jab and a check hook going backwards for 3 minutes of 12 rounds? Good luck with that BS. As if GGG is just a robot with no ability to adjust and feint and clobber the **** out of that lame approach. Ward vs GGG is a close toss up. Saying a skills boxer with those two things would beat GGG is fascination an fictional contrived BS. Get clobbered by that nonstop stalking monster for 12 rounds throwing a check hook and let me know how your pivoting out goes.
You are right. Nobody can beat this mad scientist -- you say monster -- with just jabbing and check hooking. Matter of fact, from the canvas, up they will be looking. And 3g will be ready for the next booking. But there is a way to bring down this mad scientist. But I ain't telling yet. But ev'ybodee and dey momma have an Achilles heel. And on 3g, it is so easy to reveal. Few people can see it, because they are inattentionally blinded by his mad, scientific skills and change blinded by his stealth skills. I have no doubt that Shoulder Roll Defense, The Commish and The Shadow can see it; just as I can. Holla an example of how inattenional blindness affect fans -- males more than females:
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6qgoM89ekM. And holla how change blindness slick peeps:
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb-gT6vDrmU. My readermates, this more than 5,000-year-old sport of boksing is the quickest, stealthish, deadliest hand-to-hand combat known to mankind. Holla!


-amayseng :

You are right. Nobody can beat this mad scientist -- you say monster -- with just jabbing and check hooking. Matter of fact, from the canvas, up they will be looking. And 3g will be ready for the next booking. But there is a way to bring down this mad scientist. But I ain't telling yet. But ev'ybodee and dey momma have an Achilles heel. And on 3g, it is so easy to reveal. Few people can see it, because they are inattentionally blinded by his mad, scientific skills and change blinded by his stealth skills. I have no doubt that Shoulder Roll Defense, The Commish and The Shadow can see it; just as I can. Holla an example of how inattenional blindness affect fans -- males more than females:
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6qgoM89ekM. And holla how change blindness slick peeps:
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb-gT6vDrmU. My readermates, this more than 5,000-year-old sport of boksing is the quickest, stealthish, deadliest hand-to-hand combat known to mankind. Holla!
I know what you are getting at and I could possibly agree. It would take a phenom boxer who can move constantly for 12 rounds with the ability to smother and tie up GGG once he gets in that pocket. However, one shot from a punching monster like GGG can change all that in one second. Holla at Duran SRL 1, oh sure everyone and their mother say SRL tried to man up Duran, fact is Duran hurt SRL EARLY to the body in rounds one and two and took his legs and moving ability away from him. GGG can do the same, if he gets those shots in .. But the hate of the ol " a boxer will destroy GGG easy " is absolutely absurd, and a good jab and check hook bs is just that too, BS.


-Froggy :

You got it right amayseng, Leonard had no choice how he fought Duran the first fight, Duran decided how Leonard would fight ! The second fight was of course different when Duran ballooned up in weight and Leonard got the rematch in about 6 months so Duran could just get back to the right weight without getting in shape plus the 21 foot ring and Duran was not as motivated ! Duran had to wait about 9 years for a rubbermatch until Leonard thought he was too old and altough I will admit Leonard won the rubbermatch Duran was unmarked and Leonard received about 400 stitches, mostly inside his mouth !


-Froggy :

Big mistake, I meant 40 stitches, sorry about that !


-Radam G :

I know what you are getting at and I could possibly agree. It would take a phenom boxer who can move constantly for 12 rounds with the ability to smother and tie up GGG once he gets in that pocket. However, one shot from a punching monster like GGG can change all that in one second. Holla at Duran SRL 1, oh sure everyone and their mother say SRL tried to man up Duran, fact is Duran hurt SRL EARLY to the body in rounds one and two and took his legs and moving ability away from him. GGG can do the same, if he gets those shots in .. But the hate of the ol " a boxer will destroy GGG easy " is absolutely absurd, and a good jab and check hook bs is just that too, BS.
Every pug does not need legs to fight with. It is a whole lot of different dynamics among the elite. People have eyes for certain things. And they can see what other cannot. Duran beat a ?o?ksure inattentionally blinded and change blinded Sugar Ray Leonard in Bout I. But David Jacob and the late, great GBGOAT Angie Dundee watch the films of the first bout, figured out what was up, and Hands of Stones went "No mas," because his shift punching and tampered-with gloves were solved and exposed. Three g is superbad. And anything super has a love that it cannot detach from. So it goes out on its shield. SRR did that in Bout I, and in later bouts that he lost by stoppage with Terry Norris and the late, great Hector "Macho Time" Camacho, but Duran didn't do in Bout II against SRR, because Duran did not love his art so much that he would take humiliation. In all of the Hands of Stone career, after he got kayoed by Hitman Hearns and quit on SRR, he made up his mind to fight to last the distance, instead taking another chance of being humiliated or knocked out. Minds of elite, use-to-winning boxers are unique to all others. Some pugs will quit because they are getting that arse thrashed. And other won't quit. This is why management knows how to match its pug against a certain other pug. For instance, 3g will never be matced against Boo Boo Andrade or SOG Ward. They will be the beauty beating the beast. Trainer Abel Sanchez has learned whom and how to match 3g against from Trainer Sanchez's experience with Terry Norris. Three g has a severe Achilles heel. A few people knows exactly what it is, and are suffering from absolutely no blindness about it. Holla!


-Radam G :

You got it right amayseng, Leonard had no choice how he fought Duran the first fight, Duran decided how Leonard would fight ! The second fight was of course different when Duran ballooned up in weight and Leonard got the rematch in about 6 months so Duran could just get back to the right weight without getting in shape plus the 21 foot ring and Duran was not as motivated ! Duran had to wait about 9 years for a rubbermatch until Leonard thought he was too old and altough I will admit Leonard won the rubbermatch Duran was unmarked and Leonard received about 400 stitches, mostly inside his mouth !
Weight was not an alibi for Duran. He was just that type of pug who would balloon up and would be purposefully fine with two months of training to get it down. He was a water-weight carrier from being a heavy beer drinker. Fat-weight carrying of eating all that processed and celebratory fast food is what affect other pugs. Water weight ain't jack. Because in old skool gyms you would lose that jive quickly, and would not get it back, because management will have you in a camp where you could get to beer, or many of your other bad habits. Duran had no eating problem. And no making weight problems. His problem was that Team SRL figured him out for Bout II. Holla!


-Froggy :

I think it is safe to say you know more about the sport than I do Radam G, but what I can't figure out is that if Leonards team had Duran figured out, why wait for 9 years to give Duran a rematch when he lost and Duran could give Leonard a rematch after 6 months ! While I am at it Benitez was paid "step aside money" so the first fight with Duran could be made, nothing wrong with that, but Leonard would never give Benitez a rematch, also with Tommy Hearns no rematch until SRL thought Hearns was finished . Leonard was a great fighter, I don't think he was a great champion, when Robinson fought for the lightheavyweight title his opponent weighed 175 pounds not 168 like when leonard fought for the same crown ! Great fighters have always given rematchs promptly and won them, not Leonard !


-Radam G :

I think it is safe to say you know more about the sport than I do Radam G, but what I can't figure out is that if Leonards team had Duran figured out, why wait for 9 years to give Duran a rematch when he lost and Duran could give Leonard a rematch after 6 months ! While I am at it Benitez was paid "step aside money" so the first fight with Duran could be made, nothing wrong with that, but Leonard would never give Benitez a rematch, also with Tommy Hearns no rematch until SRL thought Hearns was finished . Leonard was a great fighter, I don't think he was a great champion, when Robinson fought for the lightheavyweight title his opponent weighed 175 pounds not 168 like when leonard fought for the same crown ! Great fighters have always given rematchs promptly and won them, not Leonard !
MONEY! And what you said: "Thought (that the) fighter was finished." The game is not rocket science and pridefighting. A fighter is going to prolong his career and purses by selected fighting. Those tough-arse pugs last just about five to eight years, and they were/are pridefighters and are broke even before they wrap up their careers. Holla!


-Froggy :

100% agreed there are fighters who are there for the money, all of them really, then there are great fighters and there are great champions, great champions fight anyone without condition after condition to get the fight made, they don;t wait until they think the opponent has nothing left ! Leonard is not who you see in the dictionary when you look up great champion, great fighter yes !


-Radam G :

100% agreed there are fighters who are there for the money, all of them really, then there are great fighters and there are great champions, great champions fight anyone without condition after condition to get the fight made, they don;t wait until they think the opponent has nothing left ! Leonard is not who you see in the dictionary when you look up great champion, great fighter yes !
You will be badly mistaken if you believe that. Name me some great champions, and I will holla at the optical illusions and tricks that they pull. There are no great fighters that fought other great without conditions. Boxing is a big business, firstly! And lastly. In the last 100 years, there has only been about 30 mayor pridefights. And 25,000+ prizefights. Holla!