GGG destroys Rubio

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Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (31-0 28KO) squared off against rugged Mexican veteran "El Veneno" Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7 51KO) in an event dubbed "Mexican Style" and held at the sold out StubHub Center in Carson, California in front crowd of 9,323 fans.

(Image courtesy of HBO)

Many insisted the bout would be GGG's toughest to date and pegged Rubio to be a stern test for the Kazakhstani pugilist.

But things started poorly for the Mexican as Rubio came in 1.8 pounds over the middleweight limit Friday afternoon and did not attempt to lose the weight after he was given a second attempt.

For failing to make weight, the commission fined Rubio a hefty $100,000, 22 percent of his entire $450,000 purse.

Golovkin, who scaled in at a trim and ready 159 pounds, rehydrated to 173 lbs on fight night while Rubio climbed to 181.

In the first round, Golovkin measured the Mexican and patiently waited as Rubio attempted to pressure and impose his size on the smaller man. And although Rubio was busy in the first round, his efforts were not impactful.

In the final 20 seconds of the opening round, both men engaged in a heated exchange with Golovkin landing the harder shots but Rubio punching right back with hard leather of his own.

In the second and final round, GGG came out more aggressive, letting his hands go. He jolted Rubio with a left hook/right uppercut combination that signaled the beginning of the end for "El Veneno".

Shortly after stunning Rubio, Golovkin swarmed his foe and trapped him against the ropes. GGG started unloading on the rugged Mexican and caught him with a chopping left hook to the top of Rubio's skull. Rubio went down flat on his back. He arose but failed to beat the count. And while Rubio briefly protested he was up at nine, a Golovkin KO was seemingly inevitable.

Rubio hadn't been stopped since his fight with Kelly Pavlik in 2009.

Last night's spectacular victory marked GGG's 18th consecutive knockout as Golovkin continues to impress even his harshest critics.

During the post fight interview, Golovkin vocalized his desire to fight bigger names including Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Carl Froch.


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