As tickets went on sale Aug. 27 in the US for the next big fight in WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s (30-0, 27 KOs) career, fans predict and speculate on whether he will defeat WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on Oct. 18 in Carson, California which, in turn, could give him a shot to face long sought opponent Miguel Cotto, provided he wins.
Golovkin has not lost a single fight yet and has won Best Boxer 2013 title. He is considered by many fans the No.1 160 pound fighter in the division and will walk in on Oct. 18 as the apparent favourite. But recently Cotto’s coach Freddy Roach made a rather derogatory comment to Boxingscene.com in Golovkin’s address: “Nobody knows who he is. On pay-per-view he can’t do ten cents. Why fight a guy like that for no money? Unless he’s bringing money to the table we’re not going to fight him.” According to Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez, Cotto’s camp team has been making “all kinds of excuses” not to fight the Kazakh.
The win aginst Rubio will make Golovkin the mandatory challenger for WBC middleweight champion Cotto. This is why this bout has so much on the table for the Kazakh boxer.
If Rubio defeats Golovkin, he’ll have his WBA title and will remain as Cotto’s WBC mandatory challenger as well. However, according to the majority fan’s predictions, Rubio doesn’t have a chance against the Kazakh.
Golovkin will also try to win the audience in on the West coast of the US with his fighting style, which he calls himself the “Mexican style” that he learned from his trainer Sanchez who turned Golovkin’s open fighting style into a fighter with rapid powerful shots and who pressures his opponents constantly to wear them down.