By Allan Fox: HBO Championship Boxing will be televising a replay of last Saturday’s clash between WBA Super World Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio “Mexican Style” doubleheader tonight at 1:05 A.M. ET/PT.
Besides the Golovkin-Rubio fight, the co-feature bout between WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters will be televised.
Golovkin smashed Rubio out in 2 rounds in front of a packed crowd of 9,332 fans at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The fight was supposed to be fairly competitive, but Golovkin hurt Rubio with a big right uppercut that drove him backwards to the ropes.
Rubio tried to cover up to prevent Golovkin from finding a target, but Golovkin throw a looping left hook that went around Rubio’s guard, hitting him on the side of the head and knocking him down.
This is where things got a little strange. Instead of getting back up, Rubio stayed on his back and stared at the ceiling with eyes that looked clear. He didn’t look badly. When Rubio finally did start getting up at the count of 8, he had little problems regaining his feet without wobbling. However, Rubio took too long in getting up, and the fight was halted.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight pulled in 1,304,000 viewers on HBO, making it the 2nd highest viewed fight of the year. That’s pretty impressive given that Golovkin wasn’t facing a big name like Miguel Cotto or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
This is a 30% in viewers from Golovkin’s last fight against Daniel Geale earlier in the year. Golovkin’s increased popularity would seem to be due to more and more boxing fans becoming aware of him. Fans want to see knockouts, and this is something that Golovkin brings to the table each time he fights.
With the way Golovkin has been going through the middleweight division, he’ll soon run out of viable opponents unless he can get the top fighters like Cotto, Canelo, Daniel Jacobs, Jermain Taylor, Matt Korobov, Andy Lee and Peter Quillin to fight him.