Advertisement
Advertisement

Macklin Aims To Become Birmingham's 2nd Ever Champion

By Jake Donovan

The origins of the West Midlands city of Birmingham date back to the 7th century. Among its population of more than a million exists just one fighter in history to claim a major boxing championship – Richie Woodhall, who won a super middleweight belt in the late 1990’s.

Matthew Macklin aims to become the second Birmingham fighter to hit boxing paydirt, as he faces current middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin next Saturday at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The bout marks his third straight HBO-affiliated appearance, but it was prior to his gaining stateside recognition in which he felt his name should have already been etched in the record books.

“I should be world champion already,” Macklin insists, a reference to his landing on the wrong side of a horribly scored decision in favor of then-titlist Felix Sturm. The June ’11 title fight in Germany was regarded as one of the worst decisions of that calendar year, ending an 11-fight win streak for Macklin and also denying him what would rate as a career-best win.

A second shot at glory came in the form of his challenge of lineal middleweight king Sergio Martinez last March. Macklin scored a knockdown midway through the fight and was well on his way to a major upset before running out of ammo, suffering an 11th round stoppage in their St. Patrick’s Day thriller in New York City.

Macklin (29-4, 20KO) has since returned to the win column, scoring a 1st round knockout of Joachime Alcine last September in Las Vegas. Next Saturday’s showdown with Golovkin (26-0, 23KO) will mark his third straight stateside appearance and fifth overall fight on this side of the pond.

It also serves as his third attempt at a major middleweight title. The oddmakers suggest the HBO-televised bout will mark three strikes and out, while Macklin insists the third time will be a charm.

“He’s in with a guy who is going to hit him back,” Macklin promises. “I’m definitely going to produce the performance of my career on (June) 29th.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 06-28-2013

[QUOTE=Jeff Da Maori;13512993]My home from home, some of the funniest people I've met are Brummies. WAR MACKLIN!!![/QUOTE] They definitely have the funniest accent in Britain.

Comment by taansend on 06-28-2013

Owen Moran won a world title. Why doesn't he count?

Comment by Jeff Da Maori on 06-28-2013

My home from home, some of the funniest people I've met are Brummies. WAR MACKLIN!!!

Comment by zapdos on 06-28-2013

And its astoooon villa. Aston villa fc There by the greatest team, the world has ever seen.

Comment by Pan-Africanist on 06-28-2013

UB40's still the undisputed.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog Barroso's Adviser: If Crolla Tries To Trade, He Will Get KO'd Quickly Showtime Inks Anthony Joshua To Multi-Fight Deal Anthony Joshua's Promoter Plots Out Next Fights After Breazeale Butler vs. Kokeitgym Title Eliminator Set for June 4 Canelo Doubts Khan Will Switch Style, Create a Boring Fight Gassiev's Promoter Rates Povetkin's Chances WIth Wilder
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement