Kevin Iole

  • Middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio needs perfect fight to overcome recurring woe

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports5 days ago

    By most standards, Marco Antonio Rubio has had a phenomenal boxing career.

    He's won 59 of his 66 fights and has scored 51 knockouts. He's a consummate professional, always in shape, always ready to work, always respectful of the sport and his opponent.

    In his last fight, Rubio won a WBC world title belt, accomplishing the dream of a lifetime.

    "There was an overwhelming sense of happiness, joy and pride," he says of his April 5 knockout of Domenico Spada that earned him the interim WBC middleweight championship.

    However, there is a major hole in his résumé that, frankly, may be impossible for him to fix.

    Whenever he's stepped up the competition level in his career, he's come up short. Going all the way back to 2004, he was knocked out in just 33 seconds by Kofi Jantuah in a title eliminator in what was then the biggest fight of his life.

    Later attempts to scale the big wall, bouts against Kassim Ouma, Kelly Pavlik and Julio Cesar Chavez, similarly ended badly for Rubio.

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