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Jul 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Gennady Golovkin (white gloves) reacts after defeating Daniel Geale (not pictured) in their middleweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden. Golovkin won via third round knockout. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Gennady Golovkin to face Marco Antonio Rubio on Oct. 18

Gennady Golovkin is one of the most talented boxers in the world, but the middleweight titlist has had some trouble finding an opponent willing to step inside of the ring with him.

However, late Tuesday night, Golovkin announced his next fight which will take place this fall.

Golovkin will be taking on Marco Antonio Rubio, who is an interim title holder, on Oct. 18 in California.

“I’m very excited to fight in California,” said Golovkin. “I always enjoy attending fights at the StubHub Center and look forward to a Mexican-style fight against Marco Antonio Rubio.”

Golovkin trains in California, so his West Coast debut is something that is long overdue.

“We’re looking forward to promoting the West Coast debut of Gennady Golovkin,” K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler said, via ESPN.com. “His growing popularity across the country compels us to bring this highly anticipated fight to the StubHub Center, which has hosted so many exciting boxing events in recent years.

“Marco Antonio Rubio is among the toughest fighters in boxing and this battle with Gennady should provide fireworks from the opening bell.”

If Golovkin is able to get by Rubio on Oct. 18, he will draw even with Marvin Hagler and Felix Sturm for third-most in middleweight history with 12. The all-time record belongs to Bernard Hopkins, who defended his title 20 times.

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