Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Matthew Macklin Vows: Felix Sturm, This is My Time Now!

After a month of misery for Irish fighters in World title bouts Matthew Macklin believes he can deliver the goods for the Fighting Irish when he travels to Germany in June in a bid to end Felix Sturm's reign as WBA World Middleweight Champion.

Macklin has watched Paul McCloskey, Willie Casey and Brian Magee all come up short in recent World title bids but the two time European Champion is confident that he can go one better when he takes on Sturm at the 20,000 seater Lanxess Arena in Cologne on June 25th. The Birmingham based Irishman is under no illusions about the task ahead given Sturm's status as a sporting icon in Germany having reigned for almost a decade at the top of the Middleweight division.

"I have a lot of respect for Felix,” revealed the 28-year-old Macklin. “For a lot of people it was was probably his World title defence against Oscar De La Hoya that would have brought him to prominence but I've followed his career closely ever since I saw him win Gold in Birmingham at the European Junior Championships in 1997. He was only 18 at the time but you could see he was going to go on to big things. As a pro he has been a great World champion. He's been in 15 World title fights and he's been a dominant force at middleweight for almost the last 10 years.

"It's a huge challenge given his quality and the fact that it's exceptionally difficult to win in Germany but it's the kind of challenge that gets my juices flowing and I believe it's my time now. I have earned the right to be there, I've won the Irish and British titles, won the European title twice and I'm highly rated with all the sanctioning bodies (WBA 2, WBC 4, WBO 7 and IBF 8) and I'm number 5 with the Ring magazine so I'm there on merit. This is the what I've dreamed about since I first put on a pair of boxing gloves and I'm determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"My best performances have always come in fights where my back has been against the wall. A lot of people were tipping Wayne Elcock to beat me when we fought for the British title but I blew him away and I did the same to Asikainen for the European title when again a lot of people were writing off my chances. It will be the same this time but I have always believed I belong at the highest level and this is my chance to prove that.

Macklin is also hoping that he will have plenty of support in the cavernous Lanxess Arena to cheer him all the way to the World title. “The atmosphere at German fights can be fairly tame,” said Macklin. "The audiences there usually give a polite round of applause at the end of the round and during the rounds you can hear a pin drop. I'm sure it will be very different for this fight though because there will be a big contingent travelling over to Germany and they will be making a lot of noise and I intend to give them plenty to shout about."

Macklin has even promised to brush up on his German ahead of the fight so that he can do his talking in and out of the ring. "I actually studied German at school for 6 years so I still have enough to get by. I was due to go there on a couple of exchange trips as a student but ironically I always had to pull out of them because they conflicted with boxing commitments I had in the amateurs.

"I fought against Germans twice as an amateur and won both times, one of those was a win over Eduard Gutknecht who fights for the European Light Heavyweight title next month so I'm confident that I can keep that run going in the professionals and bring back the World title."

Macklin's manager, Brian Peters is equally confident that Ireland will have another World Champion to savour over the summer. "Felix Sturm is one of the longest reigning World Champions in boxing currently but I believe the timing is perfect now for Matthew to end that reign,"; said Peters. "Sturm will bring out the best in Matthew and I'm confident that it will be another huge night for Irish boxing. There's already been huge interest from fight fans looking to travel to Germany to the fight and I think that support will prove vital to Matthew pulling off a famous victory."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The_Demon on 04-29-2011

Best of luck too Macklin,i think he will need it against Sturm

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 04-29-2011

Best of luck to you Matt. :boxing:

Comment by NJB on 04-29-2011

Felix Sturm is a coward, he never faced anyone of any class. The draw is Griffin and the win over Gevor were a gift. He refused to fight Abraham, Golovkin,Pirog and even Zbik. Felix "the coward" Sturm

Comment by UglyPug on 04-28-2011

Boxing Scene VOWS! - *crickets*

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Francisco Vargas Expects All-Action Fight With Miguel Berchelt Deontay Wilder Hunts For New Opponent, Wawrzyk Fails PED Test De La Hoya Leaning To Las Vegas For Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Clash Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd on Wilder-Wawrzyk Undercard Frampton Feels He Needs to Do More to Be Best Irish Boxer Ever Oscar Valdez is Back in Training, Aims To Have a 'Bigger' 2017 WBA Prez Firm That Joshua-Klitschko Winner Must Face Luis Ortiz Manny Pacquiao Says Jeff Horn Fight Deal is Not Finalized, Yet Alfredo Rodriguez is Motivated To Shock Jerwin Ancajas Carlos Takam vs. Marcin Rekowski For Vacant IBF International Belt Hearn: Khan's Financial Demand For Brook Was Borderline Insult Photos: Linares, Crolla - Go Face To Face at Rematch Presser Carlos Cuadras vs. David Carmona Added To Golovkin-Jacobs Joshua: Klitschko is My Defining Fight, Could Boost Credibility Lamont Peterson, David Avanesyan Promise Fireworks on Feb. 18 DeGale's Trainer Reveals Mayweather Antics From Jack Fight Showtime to Air Linares-Crolla Rematch March 25 From Manchester Frampton Doesn't Believe Santa Cruz Will Try to Box in Rematch Froch: Chavez Jr. is Good Fight For Canelo To Prepare For Golovkin Thurman Trainer: Keith is Faster, Stronger, Smarter Than Garcia Bellew: Haye Has No Real Friends After Booting Adam Booth Gilberto Ramirez Wants The Biggest Fights Possible in 2017 Dale Evans: When I Get My Shot, I’ll Win British Title For Mike Towell Jake Ball To Return, After First Loss, On March 17 Hearn: ITV PPV Idea is Likely Delusion and Greed From Eubank Sr. Conwell: I've Boxed In Higher Class Than Bowen, Will Win That Title Saunders: People Must Realize - GGG, Canelo Must Get Through Me World Boxing Council Breaks Down Ongoing Drug Testing Program Black Hitler - Boxing And The Anti-PBC Effect Danny Garcia: I'm Sure I'll Fight Khan - Once He Rebuilds Career Schaefer: Tony Yoka Could Become The Anthony Joshua of France Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo White: I Won't Do Business With Arum For Pacquiao vs. McGregor! Erick De Leon Aims To Get a Knockout Win on Solo Boxeo Tony Yoka Pumped To Go Pro With Richard Schaefer, Virgil Hunter Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt - Undercard Information Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Purse Bid Ordered For January 31 David Haye: Bellew Looked Fat and Nervous - He'll Be KO'd Quick Funeka Warns Pacquiao To Take Horn Serious or Suffer Shock Loss Braekhus vs. Svensson is Pushed Back To February 24
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement