Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Marco Antonio Rubio Wins Big In Mexico, Stops Rosales

By Jake Donovan

Marco Antonio Rubio stopped Michel Rosales in the 11th round of their main event Saturday evening at Auditorio de Bicentenario in Morelia, Mexico.

There were concerns of a brutal mismatch considering that Rosales came in as a career welterweight with minimal punch resistance. Such an outcome nearly became reality when Rubio scored a knockdown in the opening round.

To his credit, Rosales took the pain and offered back as much as he was capable of producing. It wasn't nearly enough, however. Rubio took over late and eventually overwhelmed his foe, dropping and stopping Rosales in round eleven. 

Rubio (56-6-1, 49KO) has now won three straight since a points loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier in the year. Rosales suffered his second consecutive knockout loss, falling to 32-6 (26KO). 

Saturday's bout took place at a maximum weight of 161 lb., which both fighters came in at during Friday's weigh-in. Rubio plans to stick around at middleweight, as the win keeps alive his hopes of securing at least one more title fight. 

The 32-year old has come up short on two previous occasions. In addition to the Chavez Jr. loss, Rubio suffered a 9th round knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik in their Feb. '09 middleweight championship contest.

In the televised co-feature, former strawweight Raul Garcia scored a third round stoppage over familiar foe Sammy Gutierrez. The bout was their fourth encounter, though the first time in the series to not go to the scorecards. 

Garcia's first career blemish was a 12-round draw to Gutierrez in his 15th pro fight. The verdict has now been avenged three times, including the fourth - and last - successful defense of his strawweight title in a 12-round win in Aug. '09. Garcia lost the belt to Nkosinathi Joyi in his very next fight seven months later. 

The win on Saturday was his third straight, all inside the distance, as he improves to 33-2-1 (21KO). Gutierrez ends a two-fight win streak as he falls to 33-9-2 (23KO).

Both bouts aired live on Televisa.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigcursedawg on 12-23-2012

That was a big win, knocking out a ww.

Comment by chocolate on 12-23-2012

[QUOTE=taansend;12847817]I love Rubio. He battered my 'pick for the future' in Lemieux. Probably my own fault for saying Lemieux would be a contender!!! Kiss of death from Taansend. Would love to see a rematch with him & Pavlik. With 95…

Comment by Phantomas on 12-23-2012

Fun fight though, Rosales almost gets him in a comeback.

Comment by BoxngLove on 12-23-2012

Rubio should be ashamed of himself of this win. The guy last fought at 147 in March 2012. How is this win supposed to mean ANYtHING? Rubio is complete garbage. Saw ti when Pavlik pummeled him,too

Comment by nycsmooth on 12-23-2012

he comes 2 fight, but IMO he's a step behind all the top guys & only title he gets is a minor 1...will beat none of the elite @ '60 or'68...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Photos: Anthony Joshua, Eric Molina Hold Open Workouts Joe Smith Jr.: I'll Finish Off What Kovalev Started, KO Hopkins Bellew To Haye: Forget Joshua, You Are Getting Knocked Out! Klitschko vs. Joshua: Wladimir Embraces 80,000 at Wembley Lucian Bute vs. Eleider Alvarez Set For February 25, Quebec Holyfield, Barrera, Tapia Officially Announced For IBHOF Class Shakur Stevenson To Be Managed By James Prince, Andre Ward Antonio Vargas Making Pro Moves, Inks Managerial Deal Photos: Erik Skoglund, Timy Shala - Face To Face at Final Presser Abner Mares Addresses His 15-Month Layoff Entering Cuellar Fight Ellerbe Confident: On Jan. 14 We Come Back With Three Titles! Trainer: Lara Wants Bigger Fights, But Must Take Care of Family Wilder: Molina Might Be 'Bipolar,' But Has Heart to Upset Joshua Chisora, Whyte - Both Promise a Vicious Knockout Ending Tommy Ward, Super-Bantamweight, Inks Frank Warren Deal Haye: Right Now, I'd Knock Anthony Joshua Out in Three Rounds! Blackledge: Callum Smith Won't Make it To DeGale-Jack Winner Photos: Bernard Hopkins Clowns Media With 'Old Man' Disguise UFC Prez Makes it Clear That NO Approval For McGregor Boxing! Jeff Horn Could Land Bradley or Vargas, Says Bob Arum Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Returns To His Roots For His Last Career Stand De La Hoya: I Think Hopkins Did Better Than Ward Against Kovalev Photos: Top Rank, Duco Presser To Announce Joseph Parker Deal Freddie Roach: I'm Confident Cuellar Beats Mares - By Knockout Too Joseph Parker Will Be Promoted By Top Rank in America, China Photos: Bernard Hopkins Putting in Work For Final Career Fight Ward-Kovalev: $3.3 Million Live Gate From 10,066 Tickets Sold Abel Sanchez: Andy Ruiz Ready For 50-50 Fight With Joseph Parker Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Putting in Work For Ring Return Claudio Marrero Eager For Zambrano Clash as Purse Bid Looms McGregor: I Was Minding My Business, Mayweather Called Me Out Erik Skoglund Will Have a Familiar Head Trainer in His Corner Andy Ruiz on Parker: When Bell Rings, I'm Going Into Beast Mode! Jack Culcay vs. Demetrius Andrade Purse Bid on December 15 Abner Mares: I'll Prove I'm Still Elite, That I Can Make a Big Bang Anthony Joshua Could Fight in Nigeria For Right Price, Says Hearn Brook Mentions Spence, But Talks Thurman-Garcia, Pacquiao Parker-Ruiz Title Fight Nearing Sold Out Status in New Zealand Frampton: Santa Cruz Can't Be Busier or Better in Our Rematch Jason Sosa Relfects on Memorable 2016 Run, Maps Out Future
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement