Last night saw the first face-to-face meeting of Middleweight rivals Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27) and Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51) ahead of their clash on October 18th at the magical StubHub Center.
The two heavy handed punchers were filmed together for a segment on ESPN Desportes and saw them being joined by Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez who asked the fighters for some of their strategies ahead of their bout, dubbed "Mexican Style".
When the men faced off Rubio seemed the slightly taller man though neither showed any genuine malice towards the other with WBA Middleweight super champion Golovkin showing his usual calm and friendly out of the ring persona.
For Golvokin this fight will see him attempting to record the second defence of the "Super" title having made numerous defences of both the WBA "regular" and WBA "interim" titles. Not only will he be attempting to defend his belt but he will also be looking for his 18th straight stoppage win and attempting to move his KO % above 90%. Yes you did read that right, above 90%!
As for Rubio he will be looking to claim his first world title. Currently he is the WBC interim champion and that title, along with Golovkin's WBC belt, will be on the line in what appears to be a very odd "unification". The WBC however have made a great call in allowing their interim title to be on the line forcing Miguel Cotto to defend against the winner. Whilst it's odd to have one champion become a mandatory for another it's something that may actually make sense to try and force better fights as opposed to allowing a champion to defend against numerous no-hopers.
(Image courtesy of boxingscene.com)
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