WBA #4 middleweight Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) says he would have knocked out stablemate and current middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez had he been in the ring with Martinez during his most recent defense against Darren Barker. “I have a lot of respect for Martinez. What he’s done after taking up boxing so late is remarkable, but he’s really a natural light middleweight and I’m a big, strong middleweight,” said Macklin. I believe that my size, strength and power will be too much for him. I think Darren Barker did better than people expected but I also think that Sergio underperformed that night. Maybe subconsciously he thought he was in for an easy night against Barker and wasn’t at his best because of that. On that performance, he was lucky he wasn’t in the ring with me because I would have knocked him out. He’ll have to up his game tenfold if he wants to hear the final bell against me…”
After signing with Dibella Entertainment, Macklin traveled stateside, setting himself up in New York City with a plan to stay through the remainder of 2011 and promote his name to the large Irish communities within the New York City area.
“I’m enjoying life in New York. I felt it was important to move here so that I can build a fan base if I am going to fight here on a regular basis. I’m determined to give the city and the huge Irish community here a fighter to be proud of,” said Macklin.
He is looking to land about against Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day.