Matthew Macklin expecting a thrilling contest with Gennady Golovkin
Matthew Macklin thinks his clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin could be fight of the year.
Last Updated: 27/06/13 5:27pm
Macklin faces the US-based Kazakh fighter in Connecticut on Saturday and, with both men known for their punching power, he is not expecting it to be a cagey fight.
It will be the Birmingham boxer's third bid for a world title, after defeats by Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez, and Macklin is not worried that his big chance will again come away from home.
"I'm enjoying performing on this stage after many, many years on those undercards, six-round fights when the cameras weren't on," Macklin told Sky Sports News.
"I'm reaping the rewards now and the only thing that's missing is that world title. I should have had it against Sturm - didn't.
"I had another chance against Martinez and came up short, but everything happens for a reason.
"I'm in great shape, enjoying the build-up and come Saturday I'm going to be the new middleweight champion of the world.
"All the ingredients are there: two physically strong, big-punching middleweights that want to do damage to the other guy.
"I want to fight. I'm not really a point-scorer, I'm looking to take the other guy out - as he is. I think you can definitely expect fireworks, and don't be shocked if it's fight of the year."