WCB: Golovkin vs. Rubio Preview
Sep 21 2014 12:00 AM
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Don't miss Golovkin vs. Rubio LIVE! Saturday October 18th at 10PM ET/PT, only on HBO.

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The Commish says:

Terrific card. HBO is blowing Showtime away in 2014. Showtime is still reeling from the Danny Garcia-Rod Salka card they gave us a few months ago from the Barclay's Center.

GGG-Rubio is a real fight. It gives us another opportunity to see GGG in action and I think we all agree (judging on his standing in our PxP Ratings) that he is without question among the elite fighters in the game.

Although he should win and probably will, Marco Antonio Rubio just may test him early. We just may get to see what kind of chin GGG has (have we ever seen him staggered or buckled?). GGG's assortment of skills, both offensively and defensively, will take over early in the fight and he will begin to dissect Rubio punch by punch.

The Nicholas Walters v Nonito Donaire fight should be a fast-paced war. Do not count Walters as a mere opponent or any kind of gift for Donaire. He will present Donaire with all kinds of problems.

HBO is doing itself proud with this card.

I hope Showtime execs take note.

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;65036]Terrific card. HBO is blowing Showtime away in 2014. Showtime is still reeling from the Danny Garcia-Rod Salka card they gave us a few months ago from the Barclay's Center.

GGG-Rubio is a real fight. It gives us another opportunity to see GGG in action and I think we all agree (judging on his standing in our PxP Ratings) that he is without question among the elite fighters in the game.

Although he should win and probably will, Marco Antonio Rubio just may test him early. We just may get to see what kind of chin GGG has (have we ever seen him staggered or buckled?). GGG's assortment of skills, both offensively and defensively, will take over early in the fight and he will begin to dissect Rubio punch by punch.

The Nicholas Walters v Nonito Donaire fight should be a fast-paced war. Do not count Walters as a mere opponent or any kind of gift for Donaire. He will present Donaire with all kinds of problems.

HBO is doing itself proud with this card.

I hope Showtime execs take note.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I don's see Rubio testing Golovkin. Golovkin is too skilled and smart to get lulled into fighting Rubio's fight. Golovkin will keep active with the jab and use just enough movement to keep the slow footed plodding Rubio at bay. I see a dominant performance by Golovkin and stoppage with a body shot. This fight will almost be a carbon copy of the Macklin fight.

Now Donaire-Walters, that will be a fight. The real main event to me. Walters has skills, power and can fight. But has not faced anyone close to Donaire's ability nor faced anything close to the level of competition of Donaire. Walters is still a bit of an unknown to me which makes the fight all the more intriguing. Will he rise up or be exposed? Its tough to tell and makes this a tough fight to call.

As for Donaire, is he slipping or does he just need to get re-focused. He has not look good at all in his last three fights though two of those fighters he faced would be tough for anyone to look good against. We should find out a lot more about where he is at in this fight.

thegreyman says:

I agree Oubobcat, the GGG fight will me more of an exhibition than the test we're waiting for. Yes Rubio is tough and has a lot of experience and an enviable KO tally, but he's over the hill, plain and simple. GGG will be too strong, too physically imposing and at the end of the day, too sharp for the old vet; though I hope Rubio has his moments- I've yet to see anyone nick a round off Gennady since he turned pro, and it would be nice to see how he handles the 'tricks of the trade' as Radam terms them.

I hope Donaire comes on strong, I've missed the Flash going all out in the way he used to.

Would I be mistaken to suppose that you're familiar with Walters? I'm not acquainted with him myself- will he pose a difficult challenge for the Flash?

The Good Doctor says:

[QUOTE=thegreyman;65078]I agree Oubobcat, the GGG fight will me more of an exhibition than the test we're waiting for. Yes Rubio is tough and has a lot of experience and an enviable KO tally, but he's over the hill, plain and simple. GGG will be too strong, too physically imposing and at the end of the day, too sharp for the old vet; though I hope Rubio has his moments- I've yet to see anyone nick a round off Gennady since he turned pro, and it would be nice to see how he handles the 'tricks of the trade' as Radam terms them.

I hope Donaire comes on strong, I've missed the Flash going all out in the way he used to.

Would I be mistaken to suppose that you're familiar with Walters? [B]I'm not acquainted with him myself- will he pose a difficult challenge for the Flash?[/QUOTE]
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Walters is a decent boxer. He pulverized a faded Darchinyan and has bashed just about everyone put in front of him but they have been of lukewarm quality at best. He throttled Daulis Prescott when some people actually thought Prescott has a chance. He has good but not overwhelming power, good speed, a good jab and follows it with a decent straight right. He has ok defense but he seems to want to throw bombs more than protect himself. He also seems to want to force action and is kind of a controlled pressure fighter.

Donaire can beat him if he exploits Walters tendency to load punches. In addition, he keeps a very wide base often which neutralizes his ability to get out of harms way. Donaire should employ trying to dance and pot shot rather than trade because of that.

One thing that will be interesting is Walters height, reach and natural size advantage. Donaire has handled bigger fighters well (See Matheluba fight, tremendous disadvantage) but I am not sure he has fought one that will have this degree of power or agrression.

I think it will be a good scrap and Donaire, if still in relatively same form, can eek out a 7-5 win. I also think somebody hits the deck.