Macklin calls out Kid Chocolate

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
5:18
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Matthew Macklin heard through the grapevine that Peter Quillin needs a foe for his next bout. The Anglo-Irish middleweight has reached out to NYFightblog to offer a hand ... or two.

"Me and Quillin in April or May in New York would be a great fight," the 30-5 Macklin told me. "It's a good clash of styles. I would be a big step up in terms of opposition he's faced."

The 31-year-old Macklin said that coming into his title challenge against Gennady Golovkin in June 2013, he'd fought only a single round in 15 months. He rebounded from that KO3 loss and won a UD10 over Lamar Russ on Dec. 7, which has left him in fine form, he thinks. "Peter Quillin is a good guy, but this is boxing," Macklin continued. "It's a natural fight that sells big in New York."

His advisor, Anthony Catanzaro, weighed in. "We respect 'Kid Chocolate' as a champion," he said. "He was in a thriller versus Hassan N'Dam, he's a fan-friendly fighter who can punch. Matthew is never in a boring fight and has shared the ring with the best middleweights in the world, in their primes. I believe a fight between Quillin and Macklin at the Barclays Center would be a barn-burner."
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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