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Marco Antonio Rubio Continues To Be a Big Draw at Home

By Jake Donovan

Marco Antonio Rubio continues to fall just short once reaching the top level, but remains a hero to many in his native Mexico.

With a win over Marcus Upshaw tonight, the middleweight contender is guaranteed a mandatory title shot in his next fight. The announcement earlier in the week declared that the WBC will reinstate his previous mandatory ranking prior to his Feb. ’12 showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, on the basis of the absence of promised random drug testing – or drug testing of any kind.

Rubio dropped a decision, but now gets the last laugh. He enters this fight riding a three-fight win streak and a world of confidence as he prepares for tonight’s showdown, which airs live on Televisa from Uruapan, Mexico.

A sold-out crowd of 6,500 is expected on hand, with the last tickets having been purchased long ago.

“Rubio’s drawing power here in Mexico is huge,” insists promoter Oswaldo Kuchle. “On Wednesday for the public workout, more than 1,500 fans came just to see him. Saturday is going to be crazy!”

Rubio (56-6-1, 49KO) has won three straight – all by knockout – heading into tonight’s battle. Even without the promised future title shot, his legion of adoring fans has proven massive. It showed during his workout and again on Friday during the weigh-in and pre-fight parade.

All fighters were on hand to walk the streets of Uruapan, but it was Rubio who drew the most attention. The Mexican contender met with all people throughout the day, stopping to shake hands, sign autographs and meet the people.

His popularity is hardly lost on the city brass, who has supported Rubio through it all and encourages greater exposure to ensure that all get to see the fight.

“The mayor of the city of Uruapan has just requested that we put up a huge giant screen outside the arena, which we will do,” informed Kuchle.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 03-25-2013

I like Rubio. But I have to ask. How the hell does beating a 15-9 fighter put anyone in line for a title fight?

Comment by TudorMiron on 03-24-2013

[QUOTE=mathed;13177130]Sergio and Rubio will be a nice fight. After Sergio puts him away he should cap off the year by ending Golovkin's career.[/QUOTE] My guess is that if Sergio does fight him (GGG) than it will be just the other…

Comment by mathed on 03-23-2013

Sergio and Rubio will be a nice fight. After Sergio puts him away he should cap off the year by ending Golovkin's career.

Comment by MrFynest on 03-23-2013

[QUOTE=HardAss;13176799]RUBIO VS 3G Would be nice[/QUOTE] 3G would destroy Rubio. Rubios style is made to order for him.

Comment by Levity on 03-23-2013

He's one of my favorite fighters; I hope he gets another big fight.

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