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Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18th

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Although it's not official, reports from both camps have been positive that an October 18th showdown between Super WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) and interim WBC title holder Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) will more than likely be broadcast on HBO and staged at a location yet to be determined. While Triple G was very clear on who he preferred to face in his next outing, mentioning lineal champion Miguel Cotto, WBO title holder Peter Quillin, and IBF titlist Sam Soliman after his victory over Daniel Geale on July 26th, the interim WBC belt holder from Mexico could prove to be a very difficult assignment for the Kazakh born fighter should the two men meet two months from now.

Since losing to Kelly Pavlik in 2009, "El Veneno" has been nothing short of impressive. The 34 year old fight veteran has won sixteen of his last seventeen bouts, stopping fourteen of those opponents within the distance.

Despite winning continuously since dropping a decision to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in San Antonio, Texas, over two years ago, elite level trainer Ronnie Shields believes that the Mexican born title holder won't be much competition for the reigning Super WBA Middleweight Champion.

"A fight between Golovkin and Rubio would probably end in the first round by way of knock-out," candidly states the veteran fight trainer. "I say that because Rubio is a fighter, and he's not afraid to get in there and throw punches. He realizes that he can hurt any opponent at any given time within a fight, and he also knows that it's his best chance to win."

"Against a murderous puncher like Gennady Golovkin, that's not the most intelligent fight plan to adopt. Triple G is not only one of the hardest punchers in the sport, he's also a very smart fighter. When this fight takes place, Rubio is going to find out the hard way how special Gennady Golovkin is as a fighter."

Even though Coach Ronnie believes that Rubio deserves a lot of credit for taking on such a dangerous assignment, he also understands that this match-up is a fight of "necessity" for both combatants.

"Both Rubio and Golovkin are considered to be too much risk for the reward," observes Ronnie Shields. "If either fighter had their druthers, they would be signing a contract to face Miguel Cotto right now. But neither fighter brings a lot to the table in terms of mainstream fan support, so that's not a possibility. They had very few alternatives but to face each other."

"But the two men are heavy handed so it should be entertaining as long or as short as it lasts."
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