Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio gave an unequivocal answer when asked whether he would be willing to step in the ring with 160lb powerhouse Gennady Golovkin after witnessing the demise of Daniel Geale at the hands of the middleweight king.
The 34 year-old, who currently holds the WBC interim title at the weight, wasn’t as impressed as many who witnessed Golovkin’s third round destruction of ex-world champion Geale and says ‘GGG’ still has much to prove despite his success.
“It was a good win for Golovkin, but I was disappointed that Geale didn’t come to fight,” Rubio told World Boxing News.
“For me, Golovkin is not at top level as hasn’t met a Mexican warrior in the ring yet. He calls him self a champion but he doesn’t know the true feeling of a Mexican boxer. You need to have it in your blood and feel what we feel inside when we are in that ring.”
Rubio’s comments come as ‘El Veneno’ pushes to be given his mandatory shot at Miguel Cotto, who is set to return to action on December 13, possibly at Madison Square Garden as WBN learned on Friday. Full WBC belt holder Cotto will probably be looking for a bigger pay-per-view name is he enjoys a new lease of life under trainer Freddie Roach – on the back of his own stoppage win over Sergio Martinez in June.
That would leave Rubio at a loose end for his next contest as he aims for a 60th career win the next time he trades blows and as he explained to WBN, Golovkin would hold no fear for the former two-time world title challenger.
“Of course I am prepared to fight Golovkin,” said Rubio. “He is very good, but he still needs to brawl with a true Mexican fighter like me. We are always open to fight as that’s my job and that includes anyone in the middleweight division.”
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