Middleweight Matthew Macklin admits his career is on the line for his clash with Brian Rose on Saturday night, which will feature on the undercard of Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua at London’s 02 Arena.
The vacant IBF Inter-Continental title is on the line between the pair and the winner can look to crash into the rankings and move towards a World title fight down the line.
Both men have fought for the major prize, with Macklin having three cracks at a World Middleweight title and Rose challenging for a Super-Welterweight strap, and that remains the ultimate goal for both men.
Defeat though could spell the end of the road for both men, and that they say is what could turn Saturday’s contest into a fight of the year contender. Macklin said:
“I am very much fighting for my career. I want to get the win and move on to bigger and better things, World title opportunities, but if I didn’t get the win then that would be it. There is a lots on the line. If Brian loses it might not be the end for him. He can probably come back, rebuild, but for me I certainly couldn’t stand the loss to Brian at this stage of my career.
“I have fought for a World title three times and all three of those were on American TV. I’m an established name in America and have had some wins since the Jorge Sebastian Heiland loss, nothing to set the world on fire, but they are wins. For me to win this fight it opens opportunities out there; Daniel Jacobs, I’m not sure if he has an opponent yet for his next defence yet, Billy Joe Saunders is World champion, and they are kind of fights I’ll be looking for.”
The Irishman continued:
“It could go a lot of ways. I think I could go out there and do a number on Brian, but I have to give him the respect that his career deserves. He has had losses and come back and avenged them and that shows you something about his character. He has a good defence and the times he has been knocked out he’s been caught cold, he has never really been broken down.”
“He is a good fighter, but I don’t think he is World class. He fought for a World title against Demetrius Andrade, who is a really good fighter, and he did okay, but I don’t think he is somebody who would consistently perform at World level.”
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