Catanzaro to advise Macklin

August, 9, 2013
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Brooklyn's Anthony Catanzaro, who advises former two-division champion Paul Malignaggi, has signed a new client. Middleweight Matthew Macklin, an Anglo-Irish hitter with a 29-5 record, will now ask Catanzaro to help steer his course.

"I'm very excited and honored that a fighter like Matt put his trust in me," Catanzaro said.

The recent ride has been choppy. The 31-year-old Macklin was stopped in Round 3 of his last fight, against natural-born detonator Gennady Golovkin. And he had dropped two of three before that, to champions Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez.

There's no shame in that -- Macklin's recent history simply shows he seeks to take on the top guns in the game. But don't be surprised if Catanzaro seeks to get a W or two tucked under Macklin's belt, against lesser-grade foes, to help Macklin regain his swagger.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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