Matthew Macklin

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Matthew Macklin
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Real name Matthew Macklin
Nickname(s) Tipperary Tornado, Mack The Knife, or The Roscommon Rock
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality British-Irish
Born (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 32)
Birmingham, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 31
Wins by KO 20
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests 0

Matthew Macklin (born 14 May 1982, Birmingham, England), known as "The Tipperary Tornado", is a British-Irish professional boxer, who represents Britain and Ireland in the ring.[1] He fights at middleweight or the divisions either side.[2][3]

He is the former Irish, British and European middleweight champion and is known for his come-forward style.


Macklin was born in Birmingham, England to Irish parents, his father being from County Roscommon and his mother from Tipperary in Ireland. Macklin and his brother Seamus, also a boxer, spent much of his youth in his mother's native County Tipperary and it was there that he learned to play one of Ireland's national sports, hurling.[4]

Macklin became a talented hurling player in his own right, and is a close friend of leading hurler Eoin Kelly and attends hurling events such as the Poc fada and GAA events when Tipperary are playing.[4][5]

Following his education at the independent Solihull School, at the age of 18 and whilst studying law at Coventry University as an amateur boxer, Macklin won the 2001 national senior ABA welterweight title for the Small Heath Boxing Club by beating Justin Turley in the final.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Debut fight[edit]

Macklin left the amateur ranks and turned professional in September 2001, winning his first fight at the Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, in which Macklin beat previously undefeated Ram Singh from Wisbech in a first round knockout on a card which included Scottish fighters Scott Harrison, Alex Arthur and Willie Limond.[7]

The Jamie Moore barnstormer[edit]

In September 2006, Macklin was involved in his highest profile fight when he was defeated in a fight of the year contender bout against Manchester's Jamie Moore for the British light middleweight title which took place at the George Carnell Leisure Centre, Davyhulme, Manchester, England. Macklin later confessed to having major problems trying to make the weight for the fight. It was one of the best action fights ever held in a British boxing ring and nearly won 2006 Fight of The Year.

Potential Duddy fight[edit]

There has been speculation of a potential Irish title fight against New York based Derry native John Duddy. In the summer of 2006 Macklin made a guest appearance in Dublin to hand over the Irish middleweight title to fellow stablemate Dubliner Jim Rock.

At post fight press conference John Duddy's then matchmaker Jim Borzell stated that if Macklin won "the European title then maybe you'll have something John wants." Macklin replied, "maybe I have something for him he doesn't want!".[8]

In December 2009, Macklin moved closer to a world title shot with a points victory over Rafa Sosa Pintos at the National Stadium in Dublin. The fight never happened and Duddy retired in 2011.[9]

European middleweight title[edit]

Macklin beat Finnish Super-fighter Amin Asikainen by brutal 1st round KO at the Manchester Velodrome, England on 25 September 2009 for the vacant European middleweight title.[7]

Relinquishing and Retaining The European middleweight title[edit]

Matthew Macklin was later forced to vacate his European title. However he would get in first for the fight for the vacant title. A fight against Englishman Darren Barker was arranged for 18 September 2010 on Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven bill on Sky Box Office. The fight would be a big step closer to a world title fight for both men however Barker was forced to pull out of the contest through injury only weeks before the fight. He was replaced with Georgian slugger Shalva Jomardashvili and won the fight via a technical knock out two seconds into the sixth round after shoma pulled out. Macklin regained his EBU title and stated after the fight he wanted to go on to fight for a world title next.

World title shots[edit]

Mathew fought WBA Middleweight champion Felix Sturm on 25 June 2011. The fight ended in a split decision win for Sturm.

On 17 March 2012 otherwise known as St. Patrick's Day. Matthew Macklin met WBC Diamond Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in Madison Square Garden, New York City. Macklin would go on to lose that fight after his corner retired him on his stool after round 11, a round in which Macklin was dropped twice near the end by massive straight lefts from the southpaw Martinez after gaining a slight lead on the scorecards in the middle rounds. See Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin


Coming off two consecutive losses in title fights, Macklin came back on September 15, 2012, he fought on HBO World Championship Boxing PPV on the undercard of the WBC World Middleweight Title fight between Mexico's then defending WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. and Argentina's Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martínez in the Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada. Macklin fought former Light-Middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2, 19 KO's) of Canada and won with a knock-out in the first round.[citation needed] On June 30, 2013, he suffered another setback with a loss to Gennady Golovkin by KO in the 3rd round when Golovkin landed a brutal left hook to the liver.

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (20 knockouts, 10 decisions), 6 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss 31–6 Argentina Jorge Sebastian Heiland KO 10 2014-11-15 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin For WBC International Middleweight Title.
Win 31–5 Spain Jose Yebes MD 8 2014-09-27 Germany Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
Win 30–5 United States Lamar Russ UD 10 2013-12-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 29–5 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin KO 3 (12), 1:22 2013-06-29 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut For WBA & IBO Middleweight Titles.
Win 29–4 Canada Joachim Alcine KO 1 (10), 2:36 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 28–4 Argentina Sergio Martínez RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2012-03-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City For The Ring Middleweight Title.
Loss 28–3 Germany Felix Sturm SD 12 2011-07-02 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen For WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Win 28–2 Spain Ruben Varon UD 12 2010-12-11 United Kingdom Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside Retained EBU (European) Middleweight Title.
Win 27–2 Georgia (country) Shalva Jomardashvili RTD 6 (12), 0:02 2010-09-18 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands Won vacant EBU (European) Middleweight Title.
Win 26–2 Uruguay Rafael Sosa Pintos PTS 10 2009-12-05 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin
Win 25–2 Finland Amin Asikainen TKO 1 (12), 2:34 2009-09-25 United Kingdom Manchester Velodrome, Manchester Won vacant EBU (European) Middleweight Title.
Win 24–2 United Kingdom Wayne Elcock TKO 3 (12), 0:59 2009-03-14 United Kingdom Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands Won BBBofC British Middleweight Title.
Win 23–2 Serbia Geard Ajetović PTS 10 2008-10-31 United Kingdom Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands
Win 22–2 Tanzania Francis Cheka PTS 10 2008-09-06 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 21–2 Mexico Luis Ramon Campas PTS 10 2008-03-22 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin
Win 20–2 Italy Alessio Furlan TKO 8 (10), 1:28 2007-10-20 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin
Win 19–2 United Kingdom Darren Rhodes KO 4 (8), 2:25 2007-08-25 Republic of Ireland The Point, Dublin
Win 18–2 Ukraine Anatoliy Udalov KO 1 (8), 2:24 2007-07-20 United Kingdom Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss 17–2 United Kingdom Jamie Moore KO 10 (12), 1:29 2006-09-29 United Kingdom George Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester For BBBofC British Light Middleweight Title.
Win 17–1 Poland Marcin Piatkowski TKO 4 (8), 2:17 2006-06-01 United Kingdom Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands
Win 16–1 Russia Alexey Chirkov KO 1 (10), 2:24 2005-11-26 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 15–1 United States Anthony Little TKO 2 (8), 2:20 2005-10-28 United States New Alhambra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 14–1 United States Leo Ladaut TKO 3 (8), 1:55 2005-08-04 United States Borgata Hotel casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 13–1 United Kingdom Michael Monaghan KO 5 (10), 1:28 2005-05-14 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Won vacant Irish Middleweight title.
Win 12–1 United Kingdom Ojay Abrahams PTS 4 2004-06-12 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 11–1 United Kingdom Scott Dixon RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2004-04-24 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Center, Reading, Berkshire
Win 10–1 United Kingdom Dean Walker KO 1 (6), 1:25 2004-02-21 United Kingdom National Ice Rink, Cardiff, Wales
Loss 9–1 United Kingdom Andrew Facey PTS 10 2003-11-06 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Center, Dagenham, Essex
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Paul Denton PTS 6 2003-05-24 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 8–0 Russia Ruslan Yakupov PTS 6 2003-02-15 United Kingdom Conference Centre, Wembley, London
Win 7–0 Estonia Leonti Vorontsuk PTS 6 2002-09-28 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester
Win 6–0 France Guy Alton TKO 3 (4), 1:20 2002-06-01 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 5–0 Bulgaria Ilia Spasov KO 3 (4), 2:35 2002-04-20 United Kingdom International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Win 4–0 United Kingdom David Kirk PTS 4 2002-03-11 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 3–0 Estonia Dmitri Protkunas RTD 2 (4), 3:00 2002-02-09 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester
Win 2–0 Romania Cristian Hodorogea KO 1 (4), 1:36 2001-12-15 United Kingdom Conference Centre, Wembley, London
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Ram Singh TKO 1 (4), 1:52 2001-11-17 United Kingdom Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Glossary: KO: Knockout , TKO: Technical knockout , UD: Unanimous decision , MD: Majority decision , SD: Split decision , PTS: Points decision , RTD: Referee technical decision


  1. ^ Times Online
  2. ^ World Boxing News Macklin Celebrating with Irish Flag
  3. ^ Leonard Gunning. "Macklin defence in doubt". Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Four Roads' favourite son". Roscommon Herald. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Cummins reclaims Poc Fada title
  6. ^ "114th ABA National Championships". Amateur Boxing Association of England. Retrieved 27 February 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b Boxrec. "Matthew Macklin". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 13 October 2006. 
  8. ^ Stadium Snippets at the National Stadium, Dublin
  9. ^ "Macklin earns points victory". RTÉ Sport. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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