Macklin Preferred One More Bout Before Facing Golovkin

by David P. Greisman

Matthew Macklin has only fought one round in the past year, and though he would have preferred having one more bout before challenging middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, he wasn’t going to refuse this shot.

“Initially I wanted to fight in June and maybe fight Golovkin in September, but at the end of the day the opportunity was there,” Macklin said on a June 19 media conference call in advance of the bout, which is taking place on June 29 at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

“It wasn’t necessarily going to be there at the end of the year,” he said. “At this stage in my career, I’m not in a position to turn down world title opportunities.”

Macklin, 31, is 29-4 with 20 knockouts and is coming off a first-round knockout of Joachim Alcine in September 2012. Before that came his March 2012 loss to Sergio Martinez (an 11th-round stoppage) and a controversial split decision defeat against Felix Sturm in June 2011.

“Third time lucky,” Macklin said.

Golovkin, a 31-year-old who holds the World Boxing Association belt, is undefeated at 26-0, with all but three of those wins coming by knockout. His last three bouts saw him stop Grzegorz Proksa in September 2012, batter Gabriel Rosado en route to a technical knockout win this past January, and score a one-punch knockout of Nobuhiro Ishida in March.

“I’m the underdog going in. That’s the fact of the matter, but that’s the way I like it,” Macklin said. “I’m the challenger, he’s the champion. I’m going to rip the title away from him.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 06-20-2013

GGG by early KO.

Comment by twosweethooks on 06-20-2013

Triple G will win by KO and challenge Sergio next year when he is available and healthy then Brutally KO Sergio. How bout dat ?

Comment by ramblingalp on 06-20-2013

Macklin's inactivity is his own problem. He's coming off an easy 1 round KO back in September of 2012, and if seriously pursuing a belt should be fighting at least twice a year. Yo Matthew, (at 31 years of age)…

Comment by Tonyu on 06-20-2013

I'm looking forward to this one - 2 warriors and both will give their all but I suspect Golovkin will probably take over the latter rounds and stop Macklin between rounds 8 - 10 and on the undercard Tommy Oosthuizen…

Comment by Ray* on 06-20-2013

Great we can now use the cherry picking excuses... Banked!

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