Golovkin v Rubio deal closer, StubHub Center in LA being considered

Phil Jay 15/08/2014

Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin could be fighting in Los Angeles for the first time in his career as the WBA and IBO champion nears a defense of his titles against Marco Antonio Rubio.

Not one to rest on a victory, the 32 year-old is primed to build on his crushing win over Daniel Geale last month and get straight into training for a clash against the Mexican two-time world title challenger.

Although Golovkin usually fights his recent US bouts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, manager Oleg Hermann has exclusively told WBN that the fight could be heading west to California as both sides look to finalize their agreement.

“We are in negotiations with Rubio’s team and it seem like we will close this deal soon,” Hermann told World Boxing News.

“The fight should be on 18th October in LA at the StubHub Center,” he added.

Rubio’s co-manager Julio Gudino was also confident that the contest would go through after participating in talks over the past few days.

“Our promoters are finalizing contracts and hopefully we can announce it today. But as far as the terms and deal are concerned, both GGG and Veneno are in agreement.”

Rubio, 34, last fought for a recognised belt when challenging Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in February 2012, but lost out via a unanimous decision and has since stopped five opponents from six straight victories.

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