By Peter Wells:
It was meant to be a test, but it turned out to be no more than a mere beat down, Gennady Golovkin walked through another obstacle with utter ease.
Marco Antonio Rubio took his punishment in under 5 minutes as the most feared fighter on the planet handed out another example of just how powerful he is, landing with almost everything he threw.
Golovkin improved to 31-0(28), dropping and stopping Mexican Rubio in the 2nd round, an overhand left the finishing blow from the orthodox stance and at close range, it was certainly an un-orthodox shot.
Rubio 59-7-1(51) did have slight success in the opener, but Golovkin’s mid-range power was always telling, as he trounced through the tough Rubio in the second round, a right uppercut proving the beginning of the end.
Golovkin will now be seeking new tests, after he set his sights firmly on WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, while also keeping Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in mind as future opponents in 2015 and beyond.
In the co-feature, Nicholas Walters announced himself as a front-runner in the Featherweight division with a career-defining win over Nonito Donaire.
Donaire elected to trade with the big hitting Jamaican throughout much of the contest, and paid the price as Walters twice dropped the Filipino to score a 6th round stoppage.
Donaire is noted as a puncher himself, and shook Walters in the 2nd round, with the bell coming at an opportune moment for the challenger. However Walters took the best that Donaire could offer after that, while his own power punches caused serious damage, as Donaire’s face began to swell and cut up. A right uppercut in the 3rd sent Donaire to the canvas.
The fight ended when a wild exchange saw Donaire miss with a left hook leaving himself open for a huge right hand behind the ear. Donaire crashed to the canvas and rose on unsteady legs, referee Raul Caiz Jr waved the contest off to no protests.
Both fighters showed incredible grace in victory and defeat respectfully.
Donaire 33-3(21) will need to think long and hard about his next step, but a move back to Super Bantamweight may be a wise one. Elsewhere Walters will be looking at clashes with the other star Featherweights as he improved to 25-0(21).
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