Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
Matthew Macklin Retires from Boxing, Remembering ‘Mack The Knife’
Matthew Macklin has retired today from the sport of boxing.
The official news came this morning that Ireland’s Matthew Macklin will no longer continue his active boxing career in the ring.
Tributes from the boxing community have already started coming in on Twitter:
Gutted to hear @mattmacklin retired had some wars an has still got his senses an doing well for himself catch up soon mate 👊🏼
— Frankie Gavin ₯ (@frankiegavin1) May 12, 2016
Happy retirement @mattmacklin been a pleasure representing you towards the end..wish we would have linked up years ago! See you soon mate 👊🏼
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) May 12, 2016
@mattmacklin the very best of luck with retirement from boxing mate what an amazing career u have had & should have been world Champion 🍀👊👍
— Gary Spike OSullivan (@spike_osullivan) May 12, 2016
Macklin (35-6-22KO) will perhaps be best remembered for his fight with Manchester’s Jamie Moore back in September of 2009 and although Matthew lost the bout, the display in the ring between both men that night will live long into the memories of boxing fans:
Matthew Macklin, born in Birmingham in the UK but hugely proud of his Irish heritage being the son of two Irish parents, became the Irish, British and European champion in his time as a professional boxer – and challenged for the world title on three occasions.
One of those occasions in particular against Felix Sturm in Germany in 2012 was a razor thin split decision loss, with many in the fight game feeling Macklin won the fight on the night, and should have become World Champion.
Always an entertaining fighter, never shy to avoid a challenge, everyone at Boxing News and Views would like to wish Matthew Macklin all the very best in whatever comes next in life.
Here’s a quick look back at some of Matthew Macklin’s best moments in the ring (hat tip to the GissaQuid YouTube account):