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Unstoppable Gennady Golovkin Retains WBA Title

"Gennady Golovkin will get his 18th straight knockout on the 18th.”

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(Boxing - Gennady Golovkin v Osumanu Adama WBA & IBO Middleweight Title's - Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo - 1/2/14 Gennady Golovkin celebrates after winning the fight, photo: Action Images / Peter Cziborra Livepic)

Gennady Golovkin held on to his WBA middleweight title after shutting down Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. The fight, which aired on HBO, was Golovkin’s (31-0, 28 KOs) 18th consecutive knockout victory. This one ended with a left hook to the forehead of Mr. Rubio. Marco Antonio Rubio was rattled and could not recover, ending the bout about a minute into the 2nd round.

Abel Sanchez, Gennady Golovkin’s trainer, accurately forecasted the outcome, stating before the fight “Gennady Golovkin will get his 18th straight knockout on the 18th,” “…I think that it will take about three or four rounds for Gennady to figure him out but I don’t think that the fight goes into the fifth round – or much into the fifth round – personally.”

(Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin of Kazakhstan throws a punch against Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico in the second round the WBC Interim Middleweight Title bout at StubHub Center on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
(Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin of Kazakhstan throws a punch against Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico in the second round the WBC Interim Middleweight Title bout at StubHub Center on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

This was a strong statement against Rubio, who had a 59-6-1 record and 51 knockouts going into the fight. Rubio had also won six straight fights (five by knockout) since his unanimous decision loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in February 2012. He is 16-1 with 14 knockouts in his last 17 fights. However, Sanchez had supreme confidence in his fighter and knew that he would put the brakes on Rubio’s winning streak.

On Gennady Golovkin, Sanchez remarks: “As I’ve said in the past, once Golovkin touches somebody, it doesn’t matter where it is in the fight. It’s like Mike Tyson used to say: Once he touches somebody, their game plan goes out the window,”

“So I believe that the first round, as we’ve shown and we’ve made sure that he practices this, we go out and we see what we have in front of us and we see what our strategies are going to be. By the first round, he’s got them figured out. So I believe that Rubio will end up the same way as everybody else does against Golovkin.”