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Golovkin vs. Macklin Finalized For 6/29 at Foxwoods, HBO

NEW YORK CITY - Foxwoods ® Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, will play host to the highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship bout between WBA (World Boxing Association) / IBO (International Boxing Organization) Champion GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN and top-rated contender and former world title challenger MATTHEW "MACK THE KNIFE" MACKLIN on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in the beautiful, state of the art MGM Grand Theater. The world title bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT.

The Golovkin-Macklin World Championship Bout is promoted by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino.

"I'm excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th," said Golovkin. "I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is."

"Golovkin hasn't put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He's destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he's probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now," said Macklin. "People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he's going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight.

"When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin's last three opponents, it's clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win."

"Gennady is excited to return to the ring so quickly to defend his titles against a proven, top-rated middleweight in Matthew Macklin. Gennady was ringside for Macklin's fight against Sergio Martinez last March and saw firsthand how dangerous he is, as he dropped Sergio in the seventh round," said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. "GGG has become one of the most talked-about fighters in boxing. This fight with Macklin will be a very hot ticket. We're thankful to HBO for featuring Gennady again and also to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for hosting this event."

"Golovkin-Macklin is one of the very best fights that can be made in the middleweight division and all of boxing," said Macklin's promoter, Lou DiBella. "It figures to be a barnburner and we are thrilled that Matthew is getting another deserved opportunity at a world title."    

"This is a fight fan's fight," said Kery Davis, Senior Vice President, HBO Sports.  "We are thrilled that both fighters accepted the challenge and we are looking forward to a terrific night of boxing on HBO."

"Foxwoods Resort Casino is proud to be teaming up with DiBella Entertainment and K2 Promotions to bring a stellar championship match to Connecticut; proving once again that Foxwoods is the premier venue for professional boxing on the East Coast," said Scott Butera, Foxwoods' president and CEO. "The Golovkin-Macklin fight will be one for the record books."

Known for his heavy hands and brutal knockouts and sporting a perfect record of 26-0-0 with 23 knockouts, Golovkin has quickly become the most talked-about fighter in the sport. His 88% knockout ratio ranks highest among active world champions.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, and training under the watchful eye of Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California, Golovkin dramatically burst onto the U.S. boxing scene this past SEPTEMBER 1 with a sensational performance, dropping WBA #3-ranked challenger Grzegorz Proksa three times en route to a fifth-round stoppage in Verona, New York. He followed that up with a dominating seventh-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado on JANUARY 19 at Madison Square Garden, "The Mecca of Boxing". Both world title defenses were televised on HBO.

Most recently, Golovkin stayed undefeated with a devastating third-round knockout of former world title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida on MARCH 30, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, his 13th consecutive victory by knockout and eighth title defense.

Irish middleweight contender Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin, 29-4 (20 KOs), is an intelligent boxer-puncher, who has shown that he is not afraid to engage or press the action when necessary. He is currently ranked #3 by the WBC, #11 by the WBA, and #14 by the IBF.

In his first stateside appearance since a pair of 2005 victories, Macklin challenged middleweight champion Sergio "Maravillia" Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2012. Although he came up short, Macklin gave the champion all he could handle for 11 rounds, even scoring a knockdown in the seventh frame, in front of thousands of fans at the Garden and those watching on HBO.

Returning to the ring six months later, Macklin faced former junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine in Las Vegas, destroying him inside one round, making an emphatic statement that he belongs among the best middleweights in the world.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by komodo on 04-12-2013

Decent step up for GGG. Have to give Matthew credit for taking the fight even though I see Golovkin doing a job on him.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 04-12-2013

Day after my birthday. I'll take it. :boxing:

Comment by P4P_No1 on 04-12-2013

Good test for GGG, finally see how good he really is. If he wins impressively a lot more people will sit up and take note. Time to see what the kid's got. [QUOTE=The Smash;13234493]Nice to see Golovkin stepping up and…

Comment by Capncrunch on 04-12-2013

This is great to hear. With the network split HBO should really be pushing Gennady towards great things! I expect it

Comment by LAPete on 04-12-2013

Golovkin is a no nonsense monster. He will walk through Macklin and Martinez too.

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