A pair of experienced warriors clashed in a decent scrap in London's O2 arena. ________________________________________________________________________________ Both men started positively in round 1, with perhaps the best punch landing a sharp right hand from Rose. Macklin went to the body well in the early rounds but Rose's occasional counters developed a mark under the right eye of Macklin, in a scrappy start to…
Matthew Macklin Impresses In Spain – Closing In On Title Shot
The Tipperary man continued his emphatic comeback since defeat to Argentina’s Jorge Sebastian Heiland last year, with a brutal 1st round body-shot KO win last night.
Matthew Macklin wasted little time last night in Marbella in Spain, when he went to work on Germany’s Chris Herrmann in clinical fashion, right from the get go.
The decisive blow came early on, when in the very first round Macklin looked to have distracted Herrmann with a little ‘tickler shot’ type uppercut, that just garnered enough attention for the German to distract him and cover up, leaving room for Macklin to sink in a wicked left hook to the German’s exposed rib, with one Irish boxing guru phrasing it as:“Shades of GGG vs Macklin”.
The fight was at middleweight last night, with Matthew coming in a little over the limit at weigh-ins Friday, as he looks to gradually make his way down to the planned 154lbs limit – where he’s seeking to mount an assault on the world title.
Last night was the Irish man’s second win on the bounce since losing last year in Dublin’s 02 Arena to Jorge Sebastian Heiland and with performances like last night, he may very well be closing in on a world title shot once again at the age of 33.
Next up for Macklin is Jason Welborne at light-middleweight on October 17th in Birmingham, which should prove to be a decent barometer of how the Irish contender performs at the lower weight category.
Onwards and upwards for Matthew Macklin.
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