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Rubio: I'm Knocking Chavez Out, or Getting Knocked Out

By Salvador Rodriguez

As middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46Kos) continues to train in the high altitude mountains in Torreon, he admits that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31KOs) has grown as a fighter in the last two years. Rubio, one of the hardest punchers at middleweight, wants to test the chin of Chavez.

Rubio has no intention of reaching a decision. He wants to knock Chavez out, or get knocked out trying. Chavez's chin is certain to get tested because he gets hit a lot, says Rubio.

"I'm preparing to win the world title. That is my goal. I will bring everything to win. Julio has grown in the last three or four fights. He is a dangerous fighter, fast, strong, but no one has tested his jaw and I'm going to do that," Rubio said.

"I'll get the knockout. He's never touched the canvas. Let's see how good his jaw is. I'll knock him out or get knocked out. I really do not expect [this fight] to reach the judges. I have matured a lot. This time I feel no pressure. I have the advantage, which is my punch. I have 46 knockouts in 53 wins. I know his strengths and weaknesses, and among his faults is getting hit too much."

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 01-16-2012

We are soon going to find out if Chavez Jr has a chin or not.

Comment by richardt on 01-16-2012

The problem with Lemieux was he was PAMPERED in Canada fighting guys no where near as good Zbik, Molina, Manfredo. His biggest name was a washed up 140 pounder Camacho Jr. He could have at least selected a washed up…

Comment by brysquared1016 on 01-16-2012

[QUOTE=davidw9785;11674386]Yeah, Chavez is big-time already for sure. Are you implying that he is going to get all the help he needs in case it goes to the cards ;) But yeah, this'll be interesting. Anybody ever seen those boxing lessons…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 01-16-2012

[QUOTE=davidw9785;11674329]WAR RUBIO indeed Rubio is going to do to Chavez what he did to David Lemieux. Lemieux was young, strong, and hard-punching going into that fight and Rubio was able to weather the storm and land that long right hand…

Comment by davidw9785 on 01-16-2012

[QUOTE=brysquared1016;11674349]I see what you mean about similarities between Chavez and Lemieux, but IMO Chavez has a bit more power and ability to block punches. However, as far as hype goes, Lemieux was being groomed for big-time fame when he got…

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