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Boxer Gennady Golovkin embraces challenge posed by Marco Antonio Rubio
Boxer Gennady Golovkin embraces challenge posed by Marco Antonio Rubio

Unbeaten middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and the people directing his career understand the challenges of getting American fight fans interested in a Kazakhstan boxer whom everyone seems to be avoiding. Rather than sulk or escape to safer overseas paydays, Golovkin (30-0, 27 knockouts) will fight here for the first time on Oct. 18 when he defends his World Boxing Assn. title at StubHub Center against veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs). Golovkin said he embraces the challenge of knocking out the taller, older challenger from Mexico, who hasn't been knocked down since 2004. "This is a big step for me … first fight in L.A., biggest name in the...

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