Auditorio Centenario, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico– Marco Antonio Rubio (53-6-1, 46 KOs), beaten solidly in a bid for the WBC middleweight title held by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last February, will take on 24-year-old Jorge Cota (12-0, 11 KOs) this Saturday.
Cota is a tough fighter with heavy hands and boatloads of confidence, but his only fight of note is a TKO 8 victory last November over a 40-year-old Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas.
Rubio, as he has demonstrated, is a confirmed, blue collar battler who just shows up with a fight in mind. It’s doubtful that a guy like him would be emotionally scarred by the loss to Chavez, but there is a question to be asked regarding his role as a full-fledged middleweight.
Although still in possession of a solid punch, Rubio is no longer the dreaded banger he was as a junior middleweight. Given that fact and the loose flesh that always seems to adorn his physique, one can’t help but wonder whether a trip down to the lucrative 154 lb. division might be an ideal career move at thirty-two years of age.
Rubio-Cota is for the vacant IBF international middleweight title, something that means absolutely nothing except for a 3% IBF sanctioning fee from both fighters and a guaranteed spot for the winner in the IBF’s Top 10.
Palenque de la Feria, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico– Cristian Mijares (45-6-2, 21 KOs) lost out on his chance to be beaten silly by an over-sized Nonito Donaire in July, so now it’s back to paying the light bill as he putters around the Mexican State Fair circuit.
This Saturday, the two-time super flyweight champ takes on Nicaragua’s Eusebio Osejo (21-10-2, 7 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder in the junior featherweight division.
Osejo, 26, is an opponent-type straight from standard casting. Without a knockout win since 2007, Osejo has spent a lot of time traveling the world– and losing. The Managua southpaw has lost bouts in Costa Rica, Mexico, France, and Italy.
The 30-year-old Mijares has his eyes set on a world title fight by the end of the year or, possibly, another run at trying to get that high-pay Donaire throttling.