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Matthew Macklin: He will never have been in there with anyone like me

By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Matthew Macklin is ready to defy all the odds and take on Gennady Golovkin for the IBO and WBA World Middleweight title. Fresh off his intense training camp in Spain, Macklin took time out to let everyone know why his third attempt at a world title will be successful. Speaking about Golovkin’s power, Macklin reminded everyone about how he fared to Sergio Martinez’s power.

“I’ve got a solid chin, I went down twice against Sergio, the first one I was off balance, the second one was a knockdown but got up straight away. I’ve got a lot of faith in my chin and anyone can get knocked out. I have 20 knockouts as well, I KO’d Alcine who just went 12 rounds with Jason Williams who was supposedly the biggest hitter ever. He’s obviously a bigger puncher, he’s heavy handed and I think he’s got good skills as well. I’m focused on what I have to do and the tactics that I want to try and impose on him.”

Macklin has been in plenty of wars himself and see no problem with Golovkin’s aggressive approach.

“He’s going to look to come forward so we’ll see what will happen, I suppose you don’t really know. He’s been bullying 140 pounders, I can live with that, so it depends on when you can together you can feel each other’s power and strength. All the guys he’s knocked out I would’ve have knocked out.”

Macklin recently had surgery on his nose to improve his breathing and he stated that he can already sense an improvement in the ring.

“I’m glad I got it down, it was a horrible process to get it through. Definitely my breathing is a lot better than it was prior to it so I’m happy I got it done. I got hit with plenty of good shots and it held up fine.”

When questioned on the pressure of fighting across a global audience and live on HBO again, Macklin seems unfazed.

“This is where you wanna be, this is where you strive to be and aspire. That’s where you’re chomping at the bit to get where I am now. I’m happy to be here and I’m enjoying being here and I’m soaking it up. I’ll be enjoying it a lot more once I’m world champion.”

In closing, Macklin reiterated that he showed that he could compete with the best at this level and how he’s prepared to give everything he has in the ring.

“I’m a lot smarter than I look, as I showed in the Sergio fight, I can adapt and box and be smart when I have to and when the going gets tough, the tough do get going. When it’s grueling in there, he will never have been in there with anyone like me, that wants it as much as me, that’s prepared to dig as deep as I am. That’s going to be a massive factor for me.”

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