Ringside with Raymundo: GGG Land
- Updated: October 24, 2014
This past weekend Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin filled em’ up to the rafters and then some, literally, as first bleacher seats were offered for sale, and once those went, standing room only tickets were offered, which were also gobbled up as 9,323 fans packed the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California and 1,304,000 tuned in for his HBO televised defense of a middleweight title against vet Marco Antonio Rubio.
The demand for this fight was unheard of for the venue and it set the record for attendance in the tennis-court area of the SHC.
Tail-gating started early for this fight, scalpers started their asking prices at $70 and higher for tickets, and it seemed as though there were extra beer serving areas set up to fulfill $12 a beer demands at the still warm weathered in mid-October outdoor venue.
Throughout the joint, GGG shirts and hats were sported by fans and the crowd was dotted with Kazakh flags. The GGG chants started even before the humble champion even stepped out to the cool California night and there was an electric type feel that reverberated from ringside up to the makeshift rafters.
The main event was supported by a great showing from Nicholas Walters, who dropped Nonito Donaire for the first time in his career, then scored the stoppage in round six in what was the perfect set up to get the crowd roaring prior to Golovkin stepping between the ropes to do the same thing.
Team Golovkin took the scenic route to enter the ring, doing a full lap around the perimeter of the ring as opposed to the standard dressing room-to-canvas regular ring walks boxing fans are accustomed to. This was a first of its kind at the arena, which was a great chance for fans to truly say they were up close and personal with the boxing world’s current favorite fighter.
And although the pro-GGG crowd was only granted 4 minutes of work out of the undefeated Kazakh, after this most recent showing, a few things can now be known as fact: Golovkin fills seats as well as arenas, and it will soon be hard for anyone who wants to claim to be a top middleweight to ignore G3.
In the crowd was fellow fighter Rhonda Rousey, who like Golovkin, trains in the high altitude of the Big Bear Mountains. Radio personality Marcellus Wiley was ringside, as was Bruce Buffer and actor Michael B. Jordan, who is rumored to be playing Apollo Creed in an upcoming offshoot of the ‘Rocky’ franchise.
The atmosphere and feel around the packed out arena was one usually reserved for the better known names of the sport. The pro-GGG crowd donned hats with three G’s on them in Mexican colors and plenty of shirts were worn of either Team Gololvkin or a mugshot of the fighter with an inscription of ‘Good Boy Killah’.
While it may still take time for Golovkin to convince any name opponent of note to trade punches with him, Team Golovkin’s plan is to stay busy in 2015. GGG will be ringside for Martin Murray’s scrap this weekend in Monte Carlo, and word from ringside was that there will be more California set fights planned for the Kazakh, with the venues of the Forum and the Staples Center brought up due to the high demand of Stub Hub Center tickets.
By the looks of things, California fight fans won’t mind more ‘Good Boy Killah’ fights.