GGG Captures L.A.
RINGSIDE REPORT - Written by David A. Avila
LOS ANGELES - If you have ever seen a Hollywood movie premiere with the lights, cameras and power celebrities, then you can imagine the welcome that Southern California gave WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in his knockout win over Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday.
A sold out crowd saw Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOS) feel out Mexico’s hard-hitting Rubio (59-7-1, 51 Kos) for one round before slipping into second gear and taking out the middleweight contender with some bombs that impressed the 9,323 fans carrying flags from Kazakhstan and Mexico. It was a party that left them wanting more.
But that’s a good thing.
Golovkin was expected to win but when facing a middleweight that has knockout power too, the fans were a little tentative to cheer. After mostly using his left jab and left hook for the first minute or two, suddenly Golovkin opened up and connected with a right cross that sent a charge through the crowd.
It was exactly what the crowd came to see.
A surge of excitement went through the crowd as round two began, especially for those who know that Golovkin usually opens up. He did not disappoint. A left jab disguised a right uppercut that connected on Rubio’s chin, his head snapped and Golovkin followed his prey looking to land another. A few seconds later an arching left hook to the top of Rubio’s head left him rendered helpless. He got up at the count of nine but it was too late. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 1:19 of round two.
The party erupted and boxing now has a newly anointed superstar.
“Of course I wanted this fight. Buenos noches amigos. Is everything good,” Golovkin asked the fans in Spanish. “Of course I like to fight. Rubio is a good fighter. I respect him. I think he would get up.”
Rubio complained that he got up in time, that he wanted to continue.
“It was a great opportunity to fight against a champ like Gennady,” said Rubio. “He hit me hard but it was not the hardest I was hit. I felt I got up in time.”
Golovkin seemed both disappointed and pleased at the same time by the quick knockout win. But it’s on to better things.
“I want to fight everybody. I think Miguel Cotto. Of course I want Canelo too,” Golovkin said.
This win opens the door to bigger fights and bigger paydays. What does that mean?
It means those fighters who did not want to meet him in the ring because of the lack of a big purse, will now sign those contracts.