Macklin: Sergio Martinez Beats Barker, Then We Fight

By Phil D. Jay

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is hoping to gain a crack at Sergio Martinez on St Patricks Day 2012 after an ‘introduction’ fight in November with his new promoter Lou DiBella.

The 29-year-old is awaiting an opponent for his first fight under the DiBella umbrella and is pencilled in to fight in the US before being promised a battle with Martinez, 36, on March 17, 2012 if the Argentinian comes through Macklin’s rival Darren Barker on October 1st.

"I don’t care who I fight really. I fought [Felix] Sturm in my last fight and I thought I beat him. I am ready for anyone,” Macklin explained to the Irish Voice.

“It depends on who is available and who is willing to risk their ranking. Hopefully it will be a name that people know.

"This (November) is an introduction fight, not that I take it like that because every fight is like a world title fight - if there is a slip up you go to the back to the queue, but Paddy’s Day will be a big fight.

"All going well here and if Martinez can beat Barker, which he definitely should, then he (DiBella) does not see why that could not happen - unless Martinez can get a fight with [Floyd] Mayweather.

"But certainly within the middleweight division I would be the number one contender,” he added.

Macklin was linked to a rematch with WBA champion Felix Sturm after his controversial split decision loss to the German in June and according to the belt holder, a contract was offered which Macklin turned down and the return bout now seems like a non-starter.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 09-02-2011

[QUOTE=chiguy91;11074134]i actually think sturm won the fight. macklin was obviously the busier guy, but sturm had the more effective punches, but it was deff a close fight with sturm winning by like 1 round imo. i don't think martinez should…

Comment by chiguy91 on 09-02-2011

i actually think sturm won the fight. macklin was obviously the busier guy, but sturm had the more effective punches, but it was deff a close fight with sturm winning by like 1 round imo. i don't think martinez should…

Comment by UglyPug on 09-02-2011

[QUOTE=Medved;11073608]No he didnt, fight was very close. Macklin Deserves NOTHING. Throwing pitter patter against Sturm means he deserves? Macklin a UK bum and thats about it. How is he going to beat Sergio? Dude has absolutely no power. Sturm wasn't…

Comment by tonyjones on 09-02-2011

Sorry as an irish man who was fully behindf macklin he did not beat sturm it was close but thats it,sergio is the man love watchin him fight hope he has a test soon ie bute

Comment by mathed on 09-02-2011

[QUOTE=bose;11073682]do people really think pirog can take out martinez? well martinez is human right,[/QUOTE] Martinez spanks Pirog and Barker.....the skill difference will be evident on the 1st of October.

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