WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin added the WBC’s interim belt to his haul with a superb victory over Marco Antonio Rubio at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday night.
The 32 year-old was on top from the first bell, quickly breaking Rubio’s heart until an over the top sidewinder left hook to the forehead in the second round put the Mexican down for the count.
Referee Jack Reiss waved the contest off as Rubio got to his feet on the count of ten, although there wasn’t too much protest from the veteran who now looks set to move up to super-middleweight. Rubio had weight problems prior to the bout coming in at 161.8lbs and on fight night blew up to 181lbs.
That didn’t stop Golovkin recording an impressive 18th straight stoppage, his 28th from 31 fights in total, taking the hard-hitting Kazakh’s KO ratio to 90.3 – the highest ever for a world champion campaigning at 160lbs.
With Golovkin making light work of some of the top contenders around, its hard to see where the three-belt title holder would go from here after gaining the mandatory spot to Miguel Cotto’s WBC championship.
Whether Cotto would want any part of Golovkin is a topic for considerable debate, but if that clash can be made it would give ‘GGG’ the chance he craves to participate in a pay-per-view super-fight in 2015.
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