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Macklin: I Can Stop Felix Sturm in The Late Rounds

By Edward Chaykovsky

Middleweight Matthew Macklin is ready for Saturday's challenge in Cologne, Germany, when he challenges Felix Sturm for the WBA middleweight title. Beating Sturm in his backyard will not be easy, says Macklin. He plans to start fast, start strong and break Sturm down for a late rounds stoppage victory. Sturm has been undefeated for the last five years and only lost twice in his career.

I can't be nicking rounds out here, I've got to be winning them decisively," Macklin told BBC WM. "I've got to be the boss in there but I believe I have the capabilities to stop Sturm late on in the fight."

"He's probably the dominant force in the division. He lost a very disputed decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004 and never got a rematch but came back and won a different version of the world title anyway, he really is top-notch."

Macklin wants to win the title for Birmingham and the local fans in the area.

"I'll be Birmingham's first-ever world champion, it'll be great for the area," Macklin said. "This is it and it would mean the world. I was very happy to win the European title and very proud when I knocked out Wayne Elcock for the British title but I've always felt I had the ability to be a world champion."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by giacomino on 06-24-2011

116-112 Sturm. His jab will be working all night long. Macklin will give him just enough of a fight that Sturm will go back to making defenses against C class, hopeless opponents and continue avoiding Martinez, Golovkin, Pirog and the…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 06-24-2011

Macklin isn't really a volume puncher and Sturm is going to win easily. It's in Germany aswell meaning that if it goes to the descion he has next to no chance.

Comment by chiguy91 on 06-24-2011

sturm is the likely winner, but i think macklin's got a shot. good luck to macklin, should be a good fight. i'm gonna try and see if i can find a stream to catch this fight live.

Comment by Tobi.G on 06-24-2011

Macklin is better than Sturms recent opponents thats for shure. And if he is a volume puncher with decent power he has a good chance to war Sturm down and stop him late. It could be a good fight, im…

Comment by BetterCallSaul on 06-24-2011

Sturm will win easily. Macklin isn't in his class.

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