Gimnasio Miguel Alemán Valdez, Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico– At stake was the ridiculous WBF super middleweight title, but both Marco Antonio Rubio (55-6-1, 48 KOs) and Carlos Baldomir (49-15-6, 15 KOs) put forth an honest effort in Saturday’s clash– for the four rounds it lasted.
Ultimately, though, it was Rubio, fighting nearer his optimal weight and closer to his physical prime, who proved himself the better fighter, forcing a corner stoppage between rounds four and five.
Baldomir tried every veteran trick in the book, but at 41 years of age and fighting three full weight classes above his prime, there was little he could really offer but grit and resolve. However, even the Argentine’s toughness and solid chin would betray him against Rubio’s steady pressure.
At the end of the fourth, Rubio staggered the former welterweight champion and, between rounds, the decision was made by Baldomir’s corner that there was no point in going on.
For Baldomir, hopefully, retirement looms and for Rubio a move back to a lighter weight (and away from the heavier-hitting super middleweights) would be a wise decision.