Boxing: matthew macklin

Macklin calls out Kid Chocolate

January, 23, 2014
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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."

Macklin sets sights for title in 2014

December, 6, 2013
He'd like to have that opportunity back. Middleweight Matthew Macklin didn't particularly care for the lead-in to his June scrap (a KO3 loss) against Gennady Golovkin, which had him trying to shrug off some knuckles busted in camp.

"We did at one point try to put the fight back," he said, as the left-hand woes kept him from doing pads and a lot of sparring. And looking back, he didn't like his gameplan, which called for him to out-box the terminator from Kazakhstan.

"They were the wrong tactics," he admitted to me.

Yes, it's fair to say the Irishman, who fights for New York promoter Lou DiBella and is advised by Anthony Catanzaro, who also is part of Team Malignaggi, would like a re-do against Triple GGG. But first, there's a comeback to attend to. Macklin, age 31, fights Saturday night in AC, on a Top Rank-HBO card topped by Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph Agbeko. The 29-5 hitter, who splits his time between England and Spain, is in against a dangerous foe, a man with little to lose. The 14-0 Russ took the fight on short notice, after Willie "Not That Willie" Nelson fell out with injury. If Russ loses, no big deal, he's young and had short notice.

So, it's fair to say Macklin is aware that he can't assume Russ will be an easy out. "Russ has a great jab, big amateur pedigree, tall, rangy, an undefeated's confidence but I'm going to drag him into deep waters and drown him," Macklin said. "I'm going to be back to winning ways."

When he gets the W in N.J., he said he'd love to fight Golovkin again. Or Peter Quillin, or the Daniel Geale-Felix Sturm winner. Some title, really, any title is in his sights for 2014.

An aside: Catanzaro will have a busy night; he'll be in Brooklyn to watch Malignaggi headline at Barclays, and will have to hustle to find a TV showing the HBO -- the enemy of Showtime! -- card in AC which features Macklin.

Martinez beats Macklin by TKO in 11

March, 18, 2012
Sergio Martinez knocked down Matthew Macklin twice in the 11th round, and the Irishman's cornermen pulled the plug on their man after the round, giving Martinez the win in a middleweight tiff at the Madison Square Garden Theater.

I had Martinez up 7-3-1, giving him credit for landing the harder, cleaner punches even though I thought he did more dancing and less punching than I would have liked.

Macklin gave a solid account of himself, but although he didn't succumb to using reckless pressure, neither did he often enough cut off the ring and force Martinez to stop moving when and where he wanted.

"Macklin came to fight," the victor, now 49-2-2, stated. "It was definitely tougher than I thought it would be."

Martinez said afterward that he would wait patiently for the big bouts, the Floyd Mayweathers and Manny Pacquiaos, because he's not as old as people think. He's 37, though, so time is not infinite. Readers, give Sergio a grade.
Sergio Martinez said at a Wednesday presser at Madison Square Garden that he will dedicate his March 17 fight to battered women. That's the sweet side of the Argentina-born hitter, who is seen as the best middleweight in the world, but he has a saltier side as well.

Martinez, who fights Irishman Matthew Macklin on St. Paddy's Day, with an edge, had hard words for Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and their promoter, Bob Arum. "The public and the fans are getting really tired of who's fighting who, 'will Pacquiao fight Mayweather, and will Mayweather fight Pacquiao.' I give up on that, I don't want to be involved in the discussion who's fighting who. I believe it's time for not only talk but action and if by any chance anyone wants to fight me, let's sit and talk about it, the weight and the division. But I'm getting really sick of it and I believe it's doing wrong for boxing," he said through interpreter Sampson Lewkowicz.

He scoffed at Pacquiao's continued adherence to the line that he is merely the fighter, and that his promoter is in charge of making the fights. "This is an act of cowardice by Manny and Chavez, they say only what the promoter says," Martinez said. "I'm my own man, the champion, I would never ask the permission of my promoter. If you want the fight, take the fight, don't say "my promoter," that's a coward's talk. Both of them ... Chavez and Pacquiao are a puppet of Bob Arum. I'm not a puppet for Lou DiBella. I'll fight anyone, that is the difference. I don't ask Lou which one he wants me to fight, I speak myself, and when anyone's challenge makes sense, I will do it."

The 36-year-old hitter also said that he won't fight for the WBC's honorific belt, the "diamond" belt, and is holding out for the real thing. Chavez Jr. holds that strap now, and puts it on the line Feb. 4 against Marco Antonio Rubio. The WBC has said that they want Junior and Martinez to face off next, should each win their respective fights.

Martinez, though, isn't holding his breath. "Chavez will never fight me," he said. "He's afraid."

The boxer did talk sweeter when speaking of his relationship with HBO; that relationship seemed fractured last week, but a breakfast meeting yesterday smoothed things over. "It was the first time in three years any executive from HBO met with me like that," said Martinez, who said he was dumping the cabler last week at a presser.

The fighter didn't really want to entertain what fight might come post-Macklin, and potential foes like Pacquiao or Mayweather. He said Macklin deserves more respect than that.

DiBella: Sergio Martinez is back with HBO

January, 11, 2012
At a press conference held Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, promoter Lou DiBella announced that his ace middleweight Sergio Martinez would stay with HBO, contrary to Martinez' remarks two weeks ago. Then, Martinez, who meets Matthew Macklin on St. Paddy's Day, March 17, said he was done with longterm partner HBO.

It is believed that DiBella had discussions with Showtime about bringing Martinez there, but Martinez-Macklin will run on HBO on March 17. The show kicks off at 10 PM ET.

"Without HBO, there really would be no Sergio Martinez," DiBella said, referencing Martinez' string of appearances on the cabler.

Dibella also pointed out that he was happy to see what he believes to be a new era beginning at the channel, as Ken Hershman, late of Showtime, had his first day on the job running HBO Sports on Jan. 9.