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Mack the Knife
The Roscommon Rock
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
14 May 1982 |
|Wins by KO||22|
Matthew Macklin (born 14 May 1982) is a British-Irish former professional boxer. He is a three-time middleweight World title challenger, and is a former Irish, British and European middleweight champion.
- 1 Background
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Macklin was born in Birmingham, England, and represents Britain and Ireland in the ring. He was born to Irish parents, his father being from County Roscommon and his mother from County Tipperary. He is a duel citizen and travels on an Irish passport.
Macklin and his brother Seamus, also a boxer, spent entire summers and much of their youth in their mother's native county. It was there that he learned how to play one of Ireland's national sport's, hurling, in which he is still an avid supporter of Tipperary today. He became a talented player in his own right, and is a close friend of now retired hurler Eoin Kelly. Macklin attends the Poc fada and other GAA events when Tipperary are playing.
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.
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.
The Jamie Moore barnstormer
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
There was 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!".
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.
European middleweight title
Relinquishing and retaining the European middleweight title
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
Mathew fought WBA Middleweight champion Felix Sturm on 25 June 2011. The fight ended in a controversial 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 15 September 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 knockout in the first round. On 30 June 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.
Follow a devastating knockout loss to Argentine contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland, Macklin took some time off from the sport, being undecided on whether he would retire or not. In the meantime, he set up the Macklin's Gym Marbella gym in Marbella, Spain. Past his best but in hopes of one final title shot, Macklin returned the following year and took part in a couple of easy warm up fights, before dropping down a weight division to defeat domestic level Jason Welborn. He won by close 10 round unanimous decision, on a packed card in his home town of Birmingham. Macklin then defeated former world title challenger Brian Rose by a narrow 12 round majority decision on the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin undercard. Shortly after the Rose fight, Macklin announced his retirement on May 13, 2016. Having struggled with fighters who he feels he would have beaten comprehensively a few years earlier, Macklin saw it was time to finally hang up the gloves.
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (22 Knockouts), 6 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||35–6||Brian Rose||MD||12||2016-04-09||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|Win||34–6||Jason Welborn||UD||10||2015-10-17||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England||Won WBC International Light Middleweight title|
|Win||33–6||Chris Herrmann||KO||1 (8), 1:44||2015-08-28||H10 Andalucia Plaza, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain|
|Win||32–6||Sandor Micsko||KO||2 (8), 1:28||2015-05-09||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England|
|Loss||31–6||Jorge Sebastian Heiland||KO||10 (12), 0:42||2014-11-15||3Arena, Dublin, Ireland||For WBC International Middleweight title|
|Win||31–5||Jose Yebes||MD||8||2014-09-27||Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany|
|Win||30–5||Lamar Russ||UD||10||2013-12-07||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||29–5||Gennady Golovkin||KO||3 (12), 1:22||2013-06-29||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||For WBA & IBO World Middleweight titles|
|Win||29–4||Joachim Alcine||KO||1 (10), 2:36||2012-09-15||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||28–4||Sergio Martínez||RTD||11 (12), 3:00||2012-03-17||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States||For The Ring World Middleweight title|
|Loss||28–3||Felix Sturm||SD||12||2011-07-02||Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||For WBA World Middleweight title|
|Win||28–2||Ruben Varon||UD||12||2010-12-11||Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool, England||Retained EBU European Middleweight title|
|Win||27–2||Shalva Jomardashvili||RTD||6 (12), 0:02||2010-09-18||LG Arena, Birmingham, England||Won vacant EBU European Middleweight title|
|Win||26–2||Rafael Sosa Pintos||PTS||10||2009-12-05||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||25–2||Amin Asikainen||TKO||1 (12), 2:34||2009-09-25||Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England||Won vacant EBU European Middleweight title|
|Win||24–2||Wayne Elcock||TKO||3 (12), 0:59||2009-03-14||Aston Events Centre, Birmingham, England||Won BBBofC British Middleweight title|
|Win||23–2||Geard Ajetović||PTS||10||2008-10-31||Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England|
|Win||22–2||Francis Cheka||PTS||10||2008-09-06||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||21–2||Luis Ramon Campas||PTS||10||2008-03-22||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||20–2||Alessio Furlan||TKO||8 (10), 1:28||2007-10-20||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||19–2||Darren Rhodes||KO||4 (8), 2:25||2007-08-25||The Point, Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||18–2||Anatoliy Udalov||KO||1 (8), 2:24||2007-07-20||Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England|
|Loss||17–2||Jamie Moore||KO||10 (12), 1:29||2006-09-29||George Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester, England||For BBBofC British Light Middleweight title|
|Win||17–1||Marcin Piatkowski||TKO||4 (8), 2:17||2006-06-01||Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England|
|Win||16–1||Alexey Chirkov||KO||1 (10), 2:24||2005-11-26||Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England|
|Win||15–1||Anthony Little||TKO||2 (8), 2:20||2005-10-28||New Alhambra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||14–1||Leo Ladaut||TKO||3 (8), 1:55||2005-08-04||Borgata Hotel casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–1||Michael Monaghan||KO||5 (10), 1:28||2005-05-14||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Won vacant BUI Irish Middleweight title|
|Win||12–1||Ojay Abrahams||PTS||4||2004-06-12||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||11–1||Scott Dixon||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||2004-04-24||Rivermead Leisure Center, Reading, England|
|Win||10–1||Dean Walker||KO||1 (6), 1:25||2004-02-21||National Ice Rink, Cardiff, Wales|
|Loss||9–1||Andrew Facey||PTS||10||2003-11-06||Goresbrook Leisure Center, Dagenham, England|
|Win||9–0||Paul Denton||PTS||6||2003-05-24||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England|
|Win||8–0||Ruslan Yakupov||PTS||6||2003-02-15||Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England|
|Win||7–0||Leonti Vorontsuk||PTS||6||2002-09-28||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||6–0||Guy Alton||TKO||3 (4), 1:20||2002-06-01||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||5–0||Ilia Spasov||KO||3 (4), 2:35||2002-04-20||International Arena, Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||4–0||David Kirk||PTS||4||2002-03-11||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||3–0||Dmitri Protkunas||RTD||2 (4), 3:00||2002-02-09||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|Win||2–0||Cristian Hodorogea||KO||1 (4), 1:36||2001-12-15||Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England|
|Win||1–0||Ram Singh||TKO||1 (4), 1:52||2001-11-17||Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland|
- 25. Juni 2011 - Felix Sturm vs. Matthew Macklin (Lanxess Arena, Köln, Deutschland). YouTube. 17 July 2014.
- "Matthew Macklin". MGM Marbella. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Four Roads' favourite son". Roscommon Herald. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
- "‘He needs me more than I need him’ – Matthew Macklin on possible Andy Lee bout". The42. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Amateur game punching its weight". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- Boxrec. "Matthew Macklin". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 13 October 2006.
- Rohan, Tomás (2006-06-07). "Stadium Snippets at the National Stadium, Dublin". Archived from the original on 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
- "Macklin earns points victory". RTÉ Sport. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009.
- "Matthew Macklin hangs up his gloves". Boxing News 24. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
|Irish Middleweight Champion
14 May 1976 – 3 June 2006
Title next held byJim Rock
Title last held byWayne Elcock
|British Middleweight Champion
14 March 2009 – 28 November 2009
Title next held byDarren Barker
|European Middleweight Champion
25 September 2009 – 9 April. 2010
Title next held byDarren Barker
|European Middleweight Champion
18 September 2010 – 30 April. 2011
Title next held byDarren Barker