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Golovkin Levels Rubio with a Left Hook in West Coast Debut!

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

By Christopher Morgan

 

Golovkin emerges victorious.

Golovkin emerges victorious.

 

CARSON, CA, October, 18, 2014 — Boxing fans in Southern California were treated to a brief flash of boxing’s premier knockout star, Gennady Golovkin, as he walked through and demolished the normally durable Marco Antonio Rubio one minute into the second round. A hard left hook from Golovkin blinded Rubio, who never saw the follow up right uppercut that staggered him into the ropes defenseless, allowing Golovkin to put all of his body weight into the fight ending left hook that bounced off of Rubio’s temple, dumping him flat on his back.  Rubio attempted to beat the count, but it was obvious he didn’t want to get hit like that again, as he rose slightly late and was counted out.

Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 Kos), or Rubio as I will refer to him from here on out, enters the ring first with modest applause despite hailing from Torreon, Mexico. Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, of Karaganda, Kazakhstan (30-0, 27 Kos), or as he is known among media and fans  as “GGG” or “Triple G”, has the crowd in a frenzy of excitement as he commences with his ring entrance — and what an entrance it is! Unlike most ring walks where one standard lane is used by all fighters in a straight line, GGG makes a complete circle around the entire arena allowing fans in all corners to catch a glimpse of the rising legend. Brilliant blue Kazakh flags can be seen sprinkled throughout the arena.

As the first round begins, Rubio charges straight out looking much larger than GGG and throws a hard jab that lands on gloves, prompting GGG to throw back a jab of his own that lands flush. Rubio goes chest to chest with GGG and has some success with a hard left hook to the body. Rubio, showing no fear early, lets loose with a left hook – right hand combination when a lightning quick right hand from GGG bolts out and cracks Rubio square in the nose.  The sound from the blow thuds loudly throughout the arena. GGG stalks the entire round.  Rubio begins backing away to the ropes near the end of the round, where a fight breaks out in the final 10 seconds with both men winging bombs.

At the gong of the second  round bell, Rubio charges across the ring and throws a telegraphed right hand that GGG easily ducks under. GGG, forever imposing his will, walks Rubio down, positioning him into the ropes with head movement and feints. Suddenly, a short little left hook darts out from GGG, blinding Rubio from the following right uppercut that catches Rubio unaware, sending him reeling into the ropes, trying to escape the onslaught coming his way. Showing his great finishing ability, GGG calmly walks in and delivers the coup de grace, a hard explosive left hook thrown with all his body weight behind it, landing on a defenseless Rubio and sending him crashing to the canvas. He makes a game effort but fails to beat the count of referee Jack Reiss and is counted out at one minute and 19 seconds into the second round.

Gennady Golovkin’s first fight in California, on the left coast, was also the first time the StubHub center in Carson has ever sold out, with a reported attendance of 9,323.  He delivered in a big way, giving the bloodthirsty fans an exciting one and a third rounds of carnage. Sure, it ended too quickly, but even world class opponents for GGG like Matthew Macklin and Daniel Geale have failed to make it past three rounds, so it only stands to reason that a Marco Antonio Rubio who is a full level below the aforementioned duo would fall even faster.

The perpetual question of “who can give this guy a test” still remains, GGG called out Unified Middleweight Champ Miguel Cotto after the bout, but it remains to be seen if Cotto is willing to risk stepping in with this scary beast of a fighter.  More than likely, GGG will continue to be avoided by the top fighters at and near the middleweight division.

 

Undercard

Walters, at right, lands the knockout blow (photo by Chris Farina-Top Rank, Copyright 2014).

Walters, at right, lands the knockout blow (photo by Chris Farina-Top Rank, Copyright 2014).

In the co-main and the opening of HBO’s televised portion of the fight card, former multi division titlist and P4P ace, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, was systematically beaten down and stopped over six rounds by Nicholas “Axeman” Walters.

Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 Kos) of Montego Bay Jamaica enters the ring closely followed by a member of his entourage carrying a large wooden axe, adding some flair and intimidation to the mix. Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 Kos) enters quickly and appears more focused and confident than in recent fights. During introductions, the “Axeman” Walters receives a good amount of cheers from the crowd, most likely due to his fearsome knockout record and great nickname.  However, during Donaire’s intro, it is clear that he is the crowd favorite, having fought twice in this very arena in 2012.

In the first round, both men are content to patiently stalk each other cautiously and look for openings, with neither man looking to take any unnecessary chances. Walters begins throwing single shots to set range, allowing Nonito to counter with a hard left hook with his faster and crisper punches. However, Walters doesn’t move much; he leans out of the way of many of Donaire’s counters, making many fall short. A short right uppercut lands on an over-reaching Donaire near the ropes and dumps him hard on the canvas, prompting him to complain that he slipped.  The ref buys it, but from my seat, it was a clear clean punch knockdown. Donaire lands a nice left hook but is buzzed with a right hand at the bell.

Axman Walters jab begins to become a factor in the second round as he throws out a long hard jab that lands with enough force to momentarily flatten the features of Nonito’s face. Donaire responds with a brilliant combination fast and hard that gets the crowd going — a hard right hand down the pipe and a hook to Walters body. A fan yells out “fuck you ref” after a bogus low blow call as Nonito lands a beltline hook. He effectively blocks a few hooks from Walters and lands a left hook-right hand at the bell that has Walters staggering all over the ring ready to go.

Donaire comes out confident for the third, but it seems as though Walters head is clear as he begins pumping out his jab again.  He’s taking the punches of Donaire very well now. Donaire spends much of the round standing at ring center bobbing and weaving, eventually bobbing into another short right uppercut that dumps him hard to the canvas.  He’s up quickly at a count of three. Donaire, now officially knocked down for the first time, throws caution to the wind upon rising and recklessly trades with Walters at the end of the round, winging desperation bombs.

In rounds four and five, Walters completely takes over the fight with his excellent jab that has Donaire’s right eye completely swollen and bleeding.  He absorbs the occasional follow up attack with no ill effects, even sneering at Donaire after being hit.

In the sixth round, Donaire continues to throw gambler’s punches, leaving himself wide open, when he finally gets timed and jolted with a left hook to his temple that sends him reeling around the ring. Walters rushes forward and lands a hard right hand on the back of Donaire’s head, sending him flopping face first on the deck, Donaire bravely attempts to rise, but is counted out.

Nicholas Walters, despite his intimidating nickname and fearsome knockout punching style, is extremely gracious and humble in the post fight interview, praising Nonito for the courage of stepping into the ring and giving him props as a fighter. However, Nonito, himself, gave what has to be the most honest post fight interview from a losing fighter of all time. Twice during the post fight interview Nonito flat out admitted that Walters quote “beat the shit out of me”, his humility winning the humor and confidence of the crowd.

Where does each fighter go from here?  For Nonito, it seems unlikely that he will be able to go down in weight at 31 years of age and seems too small to compete against the much bigger men of the featherweight division. Perhaps, it might be a good time for a nice relaxing retirement. As for Walters, like GGG, he may become avoided by the divisions elite; fellow titlist Vasyl Lomachenko is too green as a pro and Rigondeaux too big of a risk. Whatever the case, both men are always in exciting fights and will draw fans with whomever the opponents may be.

 

 Editor’s note:  Writer Chris Morgan sent me the following message with his report:  ”I am only including the main event and co-main in this write up, as I have to go to the hospital at 5am for the birth of my baby son!”

Afterwards, I received this follow-up photo and message:

CBZ writer Chris Morgan and his newborn son, Felix.

CBZ writer Chris Morgan and his newborn son, Felix.

“Well,  I’m at the hospital now.   My baby boy, Felix, was born at 8:47 am and weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces. No, he isn’t named after Tito Trinidad! Felix Mendelssohn was inspiration for the name, though.”

Congratulations, Chis, and godspeed with your new son!  

 

 

 

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