Despite beating Brian Rose in his last fight back in April, former three time world title challenger Matthew has announced his retirement from boxing.
The 33 year-old Birmingham based fighter made his announcement on Sky Sports, stating: “Win lose or draw I went out on my shield and put everything on the line."
Speaking about the fight with Rose,Macklin told Sky Sports: "Rose was a proper fight
"He’s not Golovkin(Gennady) or Martinez(Sergio) but for me it was the right fight for me to finally make the decision. I knew it was going to come and it was the right way to go out, with a win at least.
"It was the perfect platform, the perfect stage and I knew if I didn’t win that would be it - and even if I did win but struggle, that would be it.
"I needed a certain amount of pressure to get up but I knew about round five that it was over. I knew, but I wanted to make sure. And I wanted to celebrate a win.
"I knew it would be my last night in the ring and it was fun - and I can’t always say that. I hope people will remember I gave it my all, never shied away from a challenge, took on the best and fought them in their prime.
Macklin, who challenged unsuccessfully for the world middleweight title three times against Golovkin, Martinez and Felix Sturm, ends his career with a record of 35-6-(22).
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May 11, 2016