Matthew Macklin

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Matthew Macklin
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Macklin 2008
Nickname(s) Tipperary Tornado
Mack the Knife
The Roscommon Rock
Rated at Middleweight
Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1982-05-14) 14 May 1982 (age 34)
Birmingham, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 35
Wins by KO 22
Losses 6

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.


Macklin was born in Birmingham, England, and represents Britain[1] and Ireland[2] 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.[3]

Macklin and his brother Seamus, also a boxer, spent entire summers and much of their youth in their mother's native county.[3] It was there that he learned how to play one of Ireland's national sport's, hurling,[4] in which he is still an avid supporter of Tipperary today.[5] 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.[4]

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 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!".[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 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.[citation needed] 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.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (22 Knockouts), 6 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Win 35–6 United Kingdom Brian Rose MD 12 2016-04-09 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
Win 34–6 United Kingdom Jason Welborn UD 10 2015-10-17 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England Won WBC International Light Middleweight title
Win 33–6 Germany Chris Herrmann KO 1 (8), 1:44 2015-08-28 Spain H10 Andalucia Plaza, Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain
Win 32–6 Hungary Sandor Micsko KO 2 (8), 1:28 2015-05-09 United Kingdom Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
Loss 31–6 Argentina Jorge Sebastian Heiland KO 10 (12), 0:42 2014-11-15 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland For WBC International Middleweight title
Win 31–5 Spain Jose Yebes MD 8 2014-09-27 Germany Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Win 30–5 United States Lamar Russ UD 10 2013-12-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 29–5 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin KO 3 (12), 1:22 2013-06-29 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States For WBA & IBO World Middleweight titles
Win 29–4 Canada Joachim Alcine KO 1 (10), 2:36 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 28–4 Argentina Sergio Martínez RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2012-03-17 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States For The Ring World Middleweight title
Loss 28–3 Germany Felix Sturm SD 12 2011-07-02 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany For WBA World Middleweight title
Win 28–2 Spain Ruben Varon UD 12 2010-12-11 United Kingdom Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool, England 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, England Won vacant EBU European Middleweight title
Win 26–2 Uruguay Rafael Sosa Pintos PTS 10 2009-12-05 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win 25–2 Finland Amin Asikainen TKO 1 (12), 2:34 2009-09-25 United Kingdom Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England 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, England Won BBBofC British Middleweight title
Win 23–2 Serbia Geard Ajetović PTS 10 2008-10-31 United Kingdom Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England
Win 22–2 Tanzania Francis Cheka PTS 10 2008-09-06 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Win 21–2 Mexico Luis Ramon Campas PTS 10 2008-03-22 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win 20–2 Italy Alessio Furlan TKO 8 (10), 1:28 2007-10-20 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Win 19–2 United Kingdom Darren Rhodes KO 4 (8), 2:25 2007-08-25 Republic of Ireland The Point, Dublin, Ireland
Win 18–2 Ukraine Anatoliy Udalov KO 1 (8), 2:24 2007-07-20 United Kingdom Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England
Loss 17–2 United Kingdom Jamie Moore KO 10 (12), 1:29 2006-09-29 United Kingdom George Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester, England 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, England
Win 16–1 Russia Alexey Chirkov KO 1 (10), 2:24 2005-11-26 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England
Win 15–1 Australia Anthony Little TKO 2 (8), 2:20 2005-10-28 United States New Alhambra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–1 United States Leo Ladaut TKO 3 (8), 1:55 2005-08-04 United States Borgata Hotel casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–1 United Kingdom Michael Monaghan KO 5 (10), 1:28 2005-05-14 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Won vacant BUI Irish Middleweight title
Win 12–1 United Kingdom Ojay Abrahams PTS 4 2004-06-12 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Win 11–1 United Kingdom Scott Dixon RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2004-04-24 United Kingdom Rivermead Leisure Center, Reading, England
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, England
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Paul Denton PTS 6 2003-05-24 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 8–0 Russia Ruslan Yakupov PTS 6 2003-02-15 United Kingdom Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England
Win 7–0 Estonia Leonti Vorontsuk PTS 6 2002-09-28 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Win 6–0 France Guy Alton TKO 3 (4), 1:20 2002-06-01 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
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, England
Win 2–0 Romania Cristian Hodorogea KO 1 (4), 1:36 2001-12-15 United Kingdom Conference Centre, Wembley, London, England
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


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  2. ^ 25. Juni 2011 - Felix Sturm vs. Matthew Macklin (Lanxess Arena, Köln, Deutschland). YouTube. 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Matthew Macklin". MGM Marbella. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Four Roads' favourite son". Roscommon Herald. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "‘He needs me more than I need him’ – Matthew Macklin on possible Andy Lee bout". The42. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Amateur game punching its weight". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  7. ^ a b Boxrec. "Matthew Macklin". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 13 October 2006. 
  8. ^ Rohan, Tomás (2006-06-07). "Stadium Snippets at the National Stadium, Dublin". Archived from the original on 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  9. ^ "Macklin earns points victory". RTÉ Sport. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Matthew Macklin hangs up his gloves". Boxing News 24. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 

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Preceded by
Darren Sweeney
Irish Middleweight Champion
14 May 1976 – 3 June 2006
Title next held by
Jim Rock
Title last held by
Wayne Elcock
British Middleweight Champion
14 March 2009 – 28 November 2009
Title next held by
Darren Barker
Preceded by
Amin Asikainen
European Middleweight Champion
25 September 2009 – 9 April. 2010
Title next held by
Darren Barker
Preceded by
Darren Barker
European Middleweight Champion
18 September 2010 – 30 April. 2011
Title next held by
Darren Barker