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Matthew Macklin: "I'm not really nervous; I'm more excited than anything."

Macklin skipping
Macklin skipping

By Alex Luces in New York: For Matthew Macklin, this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, can prove to be one of two adages: "Third time’s the charm" or "three strikes, you’re out."


Macklin, a British-Irish professional boxer for more than 10 years, will be invited to the big stage for the third time against unbeaten WBA middleweight champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Gennady Golovkin.


This is not the first time Macklin has gone in as the underdog. His first world title fight was against then WBA super-middleweight champion Felix Sturm, in Sturm’s hometown in Germany. Sturm received what was viewed by many as a hometown decision. Macklin’s next title shot came against current WBA middleweight champ Sergio Marttinez. Macklin, who was leading the fight on the judges cards going into the 11th round, was stopped by the slick, hard punching Martinez after being dropped twice in the 10th round.


Golovkin, a dynamite puncher with 23 KO’s in 26 fights, has been touted as "the next big thing" in boxing. He fights going forward and isn’t afraid of being hit. Macklin is also a puncher who loves nothing better than a slugfest. Saturday night could be the fight of the year if both men deliver their usual styles.


"We’ll see what happens," said Macklin after a brief workout at Trinity Boxing Gym in downtown New York City. "We’re both big punchers. "We both have good chins. You have to be ready to adapt. You don’t know how strong he is, how hard he hits until you get in there."



Promoter Lou DiBella watch Macklin train
Promoter Lou DiBella watch Macklin train
Macklin shadow boxes
Macklin shadow boxes

Macklin was very sure about how the fight might turn out.


"We’ll get in there and see what’s what. If I need to box I can box, if I need to go to war ill go. That’s the advantage of being a versatile fighter. Ain’t no big deal for me to bite down on the gumshield and go to war. I’ll be happy if that happens."


Macklin was also open to the idea of a rematch with current WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, whom Macklin considers a friend as Macklin also trains in Spain.


"Utmost respect to Sergio Martinez, he’s a friend of mine and a gentleman," Macklin said. "I believe I can do a lot better in the second fight. I believe I am a better fighter now."


But before Macklin can look forward to bigger and better paydays, he must first get past the middleweight division’s newest wrecking ball in Golovkin. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark this Saturday night.


June 25, 2013

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