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Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio scores big TV ratings on HBO


The accolades continue to roll in for Gennady Golovkin, who scored a second-round stoppage of Marco Antonio Rubio for the 12th defense of his WBA middleweight belt and his 18th consecutive knockout before an arena-record 9,323 boxing fans at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday.

Golovkin (31-0, 28 knockouts) was watched by 1,304 million viewers on HBO, according to Nielsen Media Research, making his destruction of Rubio the second highest viewed premium cable boxing event of 2014.

Golovkin-Rubio, which will be replayed on HBO tonight at 1:05 a.m. ET/PT, ranks only behind Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s unanimous decision over Bryan Vera in their rematch in March, which drew 1,390 million viewers.

In his previous fight in July, Golovkin scored a third round technical knockout over Daniel Geale at New York’s Madison Square Garden, representing the fourth time Golovkin had fought in New York in his previous seven fights, and the fifth time the native of Kazakhstan had fought on the East Coast. The Rubio fight represented a 33-percent increase in viewership from the Geale fight.

“We’re very pleased with the TV ratings from this past Saturday night,” Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, which handles Golovkin, stated in a press release sent out on Tuesday. “Selling this many tickets in both New York and Los Angeles, combined with the TV ratings, it’s clear that Gennady is one of the top stars in the sport.

“This past Saturday night’s atmosphere at the StubHub Center truly captured the passion that Gennady’s fans have for him. In two years, Gennady has become boxing’s biggest must-see attraction, and we expect 2015 to catapult him to even greater heights. The best is yet to come for GGG.”