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Prizefight Preview: Golovkin vs. Rubio

Photos: Miguel Salazar

Photos: Miguel Salazar

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Welcome to the official 3MR Prizefight Preview!

This weekend we have Gennady Golovkin pitted against Marco Antonio Rubio in an HBO televised middleweight clash from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

Rubio tipped the scales 1.8 pounds heavier than the contracted weight of 160, so that fact has to be taken into consideration heading into fight night.

But enough with the particulars, let’s get it on!

POWER

This category is 100% ‘GGG’. If proof is needed, (which it should not be) just look to his early rounds stoppage victories that have ended via head and body blows, leading the Kazakh to the highest KO rating in the boxing game.

Advantage – GGG

STAMINA

Only one four round GGG fight had gone the distance, a handful of his eight round fights have heard the final bell, and the undefeated champion has yet to log a full 36 minutes against an opponent.

Rubio on the other hand has gone a full 12 close to ten times in his career. While some were wins and most were losses, it’s safe to say Rubio can make an account of himself in a full-fledged 12 round fight, if that’s what it comes to.

Most believe GGG’s power will lead to an early to mid-rounds KO, but if it does not, Rubio can stay upright for an entire championship contest.

Advantage – Push

EXPERIENCE

At nearly 70 career fights, this is the lone category Rubio can cite as an advantage. Golovkin boasts only 30 career fights, and if you factor in GGG’s early KO stoppages, Rubio will also boast a higher rounds total than the undefeated fighter.

Advantage – Rubio

So there it is folks. The consensus believes power will rule the day, but with a little bit of veteran ring savvy and smarts, Rubio could give us a more then decent scrap on HBO tomorrow night.

Of course, the only way to know for sure is let the fighters fight the fights and tune in starting at 6 PM.

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