Golovkin sealed his 28th knockout in 31 victories…
Gennady Golovkin scored a second-round knockout over Marco Antonio Rubio to retain his WBA middleweight world title in California on Saturday night.
Just over 9,000 fans attended the StubHub Center on Saturday to see one of the most devastating knockout punchers in boxing as well as one of the biggest rising stars in the sport.
While Rubio was able to take a few good shots in the opening round, he was unable to get through the second after being caught with a left hook to the head which sent him to the floor.
While the Mexican did try to get to his feet, he was unable to do so before the 10-count and referee Jack Reiss counted him out.
“The uppercut — he was very badly hurt, and I knew I had him,” said Golovkin, who endeared himself even more to the heavily Mexican crowd by speaking a little in Spanish.
“I was happy he came forward. He fought Mexican style and he tried to hurt me, but my power was too much for him tonight.”
By winning the vacant interim title to add to his own world title, Golovkin now becomes the mandatory challenger for world champion Miguel Cotto. However, Cotto is expected to fight Canelo Alvarez in May, and so the winner of that bout will likely fight Golovkin or vacate the belt.