Golovkin stops Rubio; Walters destroys Donaire in 6 rounds
By Chris Williams: WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) scored his 18th consecutive knockout in stopping Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California.
Referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight at 1:19 of the 2nd. Rubio tried to protest the stoppage, but Reiss was having none of it. Rubio made a mistake of staying down too long.
Golovkin hurt Rubio with a big right uppercut followed by a big left hook to the head that sent Rubio down on his back. Rubio seemed to misjudge the count, as he stayed down until the count of 9 and failed to beat the count in getting back up to his feet.
Golovkin was teeing off on Rubio with some really big punches in both rounds. Rubio took the shots well until the final two big punches in the 2nd. In the 1st round, Rubio was able to land some really nice punches while in close. However, they were nothing like the shots that Golovkin landed. The difference in power and speed with the punches Golovkin was connecting with.
“The punch I threw wasn’t a hard punch. I thought getting up,” Golovkin said after the fight.
When asked who he wants to fight next by HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin said “I think Miguel Cotto.”
Golovkin said this about a fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “He’s a good boy. [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr too.”
WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) tasted defeat in losing by a 6th round knockout to the unbeaten Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs).
Walters, 28, knocked Donaire down with a chopping right hand in the 6th round that sent Donaire down face first on the canvas. Donaire made it back up to his feet at the count of 8, but the referee Raul Caiz Jr halted the fight at 3:00 of the round anyway after seeing how hurt Donaire was.
In the 2nd round, Donaire staggered Walters with a big left hook to the head in the final seconds of the round.
Walters also knocked Donaire down in the 3rd round with a big right uppercut to the head. Donaire was cut on the side of his left eye in that round.
After the 3rd round, Walters’ confidence went way up as he stalked Donaire around the ring, nailing him with jab after jab. Donaire was still loading up with left hooks, but Walters did a good job of eluding them. Walters used his jab to sting Donaire in rounds 4 through 6.
Donaire and Walters fought at close range in the 5th round with both guys nailing each other with good shots. Walters was the more active puncher in the round, however, and he did a superb jab of hitting Donaire with some hard body shots.
In the 6th round, Donaire got himself in trouble when he attempted to nail Walters with a big left hook. The shot missed, and Walters fired a right hand counter that nailed Donaire to the side of the head, causing him to hit the deck face first. A badly hurt Donaire got back to his feet somehow at the count of 8, but there was no way he was going to be able to continue fighting. The referee took one look at the staggering Donaire and halted the fight.
Walters landed 85 of 284 punches, according to CompuBox. Donaire landed 40 of 169 punches.
Donaire said after the fight “He beat the [expletive out of me. The size he had. I couldn’t move. He knocked the [expletive out of me]. I can’t compete against guys like Walters.”
As far as his future, Donaire said he’ll think about what he’ll do next. It’s possible he could move back down to super bantamweight. He doesn’t have many options at featherweight unless he wants to go after WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez.
With this win, Walters will likely be facing WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko next. That’s a fight that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said he wants to make next.
Other boxing action on the card:
Edwin Rodriguez UD 12 Azea Augustama
Abie Han MD 10 Marcos Reyes
Jaime Ocegueda TKO 6 Moris Rodriguez
Ruslan Madiyev UD 4 Oscar Rojas
Walter Sarnoi UD 4 Sergio Najera