By Jake Donovan
Four months ago, Marco Antonio Rubio was made to feel like the loneliest person in the world in the aftermath of his failed title bid against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in San Antonio.
Isolation doesn’t figure to be on the menu for his June 30 ring return. Rubio gets to fight in his hometown for the first time in nearly 18 months, as he faces unbeaten Jorge Cota in Torreon, Mexico.
The bout will air live on Televisa as part of the long-running “Sabado de Corona” series.
Rubio (53-6-1, 46KO) comes into the fight with the bitter taste still in his mouth over the fallout from the Chavez Jr. fight earlier this year. The decision loss merely ended his 10-fight win streak, but the lack of professionalism exuded afterward is still fresh on his mind as well as his team.
“Although he hasn’t left behind the Chavez bout with a boxing organization that "forgot” to do an anti-doping test, Marco is ready for his homecoming this June 30th,” states Oswaldo Kuchle, who handles Rubio’s career. “Marco is training hard to his next bout against a young, undefeated talent like Jorge Cota that just sent Yory Boy Campas to retirement.”
It was a bit of surprise that Rubio opted to come back against an unbeaten – though unknown opponent, though perhaps proof of his belief that he belongs at the top level of the middleweight division. Cota (12-0, 11KO) is 24 – 7 years Rubio’s junior – and has managed four straight knockouts against escalated opposition as he heads into Saturday evening.
Rubio could’ve made a quicker buck elsewhere, fielding offers from several Top 10 middleweights on the heels of his loss to Chavez.
Instead, his handlers settled on a tough test though with the trade-off that Rubio gets to fight in his hometown for the first time since knocking out Wilson Santana last January. The bout marked the first of two straight fights in which the Mexican puncher managed to violently snatch the ‘0’ from up and coming prospects. The follow-up win was even sweeter, rallying back to knock out David Lemieux in front of a live ESPN2 audience last March.
Rubio failed to score the hat trick, though, as Chavez Jr. was able to escape San Antonio with his unbeaten record still intact. He gets another shot at sending a fighter home with his first loss in this weekend’s televised headliner. From there, it is hoped that the same people who rang him up shortly after the Chavez Jr. fight will still be willing to face him later this year.
“We’ve had offers to fight Dmitry Pirog, Peter Quillin and Gennady Golovkin,” Kuchle states. “But first, we will make this homecoming that without a doubt will be full of fans at Coliseo Centernao.”
As for his unfinished business with the WBC and its failure to properly follow up on its own drug policies, Rubio and his team continue to fight that battle as well.
“As a matter of fact the case is now in Switzerland and will continue to proceed to the proper next levels,” informs Kuchle. “The WBC matter is in hands of attorney Richard Dolan. Now we have had offers (for other big) fights. But first we will make this homecoming that without a doubt the Colisieo Centerario will full of fans.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected].