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Gennady Golovkin and Rubio have ‘a big present for Southern California’

Pugilistic sensation Gennady Golovkin and popular Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio formally announced their upcoming showdown on Wednesday at the El Paseo Inn in Los Angeles, California.

Gennady Golovkin is a savage in the squared circle.
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Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) will challenge Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on October 18 at the StubHub Center in nearby Carson.

Nicknamed “The Poison,” Rubio is a hardened battler and the epitome of a professional.

A victor in six consecutive bouts since losing a unanimous decision to Julio César Chávez, Jr., Rubio captured the interim WBC middleweight title by knocking out Domenico Spada on April 5.

“The moment they offered the challenge I accepted,” said Rubio, 34, who has thrown fists with respected professionals Carlos Baldomir, Frankie Randall, Kelly Pavlik and Chavez Jr.

“The purpose is to be a champion. I could be fighting in Mexico defending my title 10-15 times. I am willing to take the challenge and risk. GGG is the best and that’s why we’re here. If I beat him that will make me the best middleweight!”

Comparatively, Golovkin scored a third round TKO triumph over Australian Daniel Geale to successfully defend the WBA and IBO middleweight belts in July at Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin floored the 33-year-old Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) in the second and then continued to mercilessly stalk the bleeding Aussie.

Sensing a beaten man, Golovkin exchanged punches with Geale in the third and landed a savage right hand that again sent the former two-time middleweight champion to the canvas.

Dismissing Geale’s ability to regain his footing, referee Michael Ortega compassionately halted the scrap at 2 minutes and 43 seconds of the decisive frame.

“I want to thank Marco Antonio Rubio and Robert Garcia,” said Golovkin, 32, who earned silver as a Kazakhstani at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

“I know they are a very strong team. I know my coach Abel Sanchez and Ben Lira are also strong. I promise we will have a good fight. This will be a big present for Southern California boxing fans.”

A bruising, ferocious and accurate slugger, Golovkin has never been toppled in over 375 contests.

Although Rubio possesses cement hands that could endanger the “Good Boy,” Golovkin is a once-in-a-generation middleweight who won’t be stopped.

Accordingly, expect Gennady Golovkin to finish Marco Antonio Rubio within 21 minutes this autumn as “a big present for Southern California boxing fans.”