Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio may have a tough fight on Saturday night.
Their middleweight title fight continues a bout between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters, who are capable of providing the highlight of the tournament.
Donaire and Walters will fight for the WBA “super” featherweight title in the main undercard bout before Golovkin defends his WBA middleweight title against Rubio. The IBO and WBC interim titles are also on the line.
“This is our third fight together, but this will be the first time that we worked on getting back the old me. It’s been great just being with my dad, and understanding my style. … (I have) nothing to prove. From what I’ve accomplished in boxing, I’ve gone more and beyond what I expected. There’s really nothing to prove at this point, it’s just how far I can reach. … Nicholas Walters, he’s an incredible fighter. He has incredible power. But myself, I am one of the strongest punchers out there as well, so we’ll see who’s the most powerful fighter Saturday.”
“You gotta come and see it. This is one for the public. The public need to come out and see this fight. The Axe Man is definitely thinking about chopping Nonito down. That’s what I do. I hurt people. I’m in the hurt business. I intend on hurting him and getting him out by KO. You gotta come and see the fight. … If he’s smart, he’s gonna look at my career and come hard for this fight. I know he’s gonna come hard for this fight. But that doesn’t say that I am not gonna stop him on Saturday night also. … If you’ve followed my career, I’ve never had a boring fight. I’m not in it to give a boring fighter. I’m an explosive fighter, and I’m going to continue to be an explosive fighter.”
GOLOVKIN VS. RUBIO FIGHT CARD:
Gennady Golovkin (30-0; 27 KOs) vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1; 51) -Middleweight (160 lbs.)
Nonito Donaire (33-2; 21 KOs) vs. Nicholas Walters (24-0; 20 KOs) – Featherweight(126 lbs.)
Walters previously claimed he will knock out Donaire in six rounds. The Jamaican has an immaculate record of 24 wins, with 20 coming by way of stoppages.
“I am very hungry and I am confident I will defeat Nonito Donaire, I believe I will knock him out in five or six rounds,” the Jamaican, nicknamed the “Axeman,” said.
Donaire, however, is the craftier and more experienced boxer with 33 victories against two defeats.
Donaire vs Walters will be aired locally on Sunday on ABS-CBN Channel 2 starting 10:15 a.m.