HBO Boxing: Gennady Golovkan Second Round Knockout, Walters Stops Donaire

The Stub Hub Center in Carson, California played host to two world title fights as Gennady Golovkin fought Marco Antonio Rubio in the main event of the evening.  Marco Antonio Rubio came out aggressive in the first round.  Putting a few punches on Golovkin, but Gennady was able to come back with his own late in the first round.  The 2nd Round started with Golovkin landing at an increased pace, backing Rubio up.  I big right hand after a combination stunned Rubio.  Golokvin went for the finish, throwing in combination as Rubio desperately tried to cover up.  A left hook over the top of Rubio’s right guard hit the mark, sending Rubio to the canvas.   Rubio looked to be moving up when the referee put a halt to the bout.  Golovkin landed 52% of his power strikes, holding a 28-13 advantage landed.  Gennady Golovkin moves to 31-0, collecting the interim WBC World Middleweight Title with his 28th knockout victory.  In the post fight interview, Golovkin said “I don’t like dancing, I like a good fight”.  Adding that he thought Rubio brought a good, fast paced fight.  Golovkin was asked who he would like to fight next and he responded with Miguel Cotto, as he “respects” Cotto’s fight style.

 

 

In the co-main event of the evening, undefeated Nicholas Walters captured the WBA Super World Featherweight Title, becoming the first man to knock down and knock out Nonito Donaire.  Walters controlled the first round, after an apparent slip from Donaire.  The 2nd round was close, Donaire landed a strong right hook in the beginning of the round.  Donaire was more active in the 2nd and hurt Walters with a big right hook, left, right hook combination at the end of the 2nd round.  Walters came out strong in the third, looking to throw more with Donaire.  His confidence grew, as he landed with more frequency.  Right hands and a big left uppercut put Donaire down for the first time in his career.  Donaire answered the count and came back swinging.  Donaire started to throw his hands and Walters came back with a counter to end the round.  Walters held a 16-2 strike advantage in the round.  The 4th round was controlled with Walters’ jab in the early going.  Good movement throughout the round, Walters started to throw with move conviction as the final minute of the round passed.  The fifth round was fought exclusively inside, both men looking to land in combination to the body and head.  Donaire hit a good right hand and left hook, but Walters returned fire, getting the better of the latter half of the fifth.  The 6th round was controlled by Walters, opening cuts around the eyes of Donaire.  The final seconds ticked off as the fighters traded punches.  Walters avoided a winging hook and came back with a right hand over Donaire’s left shoulder.  The shot hit the temple and dropped Donaire.  Nonito was dazed and couldn’t make it back to his feet, his first knockout loss of his career.  Walters moved his record to 25-0, winning the WBA Super World Featherweight Title.

 

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