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Golovkin discusses fighting in California for first time against Rubio

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Gennady Golovkin is looking forward to his debut in California, when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18.

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Discuss what it feels like to be fighting in California for the first time

"I first came to Big Bear to train over four years ago with my Coach, Abel Sanchez. I liked that it was quiet and peaceful and a good place to work and prepare for my fights.

"The other fighters in camp made me feel welcome right away as did Coach's family. I missed my wife and son back in Germany but knew this would be best for my career. And I would see my family when I go back home in between fights.

"Along with training I've been able to attend other fights and have always been approached by fans who wanted my autograph and picture. While they see me fight on HBO in New York City they also always wanted to know when I would be fighting in Los Angeles.

"The StubHub Center I've been to many times for other fights and each time the support from the fans increases. Also when I go into Los Angeles for other events fans are very supportive as well.

"So this fight against Marco Antonio Rubio is a gift to all my fans here in Southern California, everyone who kept asking about fighting here and have been so supportive. I'm very happy to be fighting on October 18th at the StubHub Center and promise a great show to those in attendance and those watching at home on HBO."

Golovkin vs. Rubio takes place Saturday, Oct. 18 from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. and will be televised live on HBO beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.