Blogs & Opinion


Yummy Brummie

Local hero Macklin a star in the making

Jim Watt Posted 12th September 2010 view comments

It's a pity Matthew Macklin's fight with Darren Barker is not happening, because it's the one we all wanted to see.

But this is still a great chance for him to get that European title back and with it, recognition on the world stage, especially from the WBC.

If he can beat Shalva Jomardashvili you'd have to think.

Macklin: now working with Freddie Roach in the Wild Card

Macklin: now working with Freddie Roach in the Wild Card

For a start he will become European champion and because his style is so exciting, you would imagine it will be easy for him to take a step up and get some much higher-profile fights. People will always want him on their bill, simply because of that.

Also you have to applaud the fact that he's taken himself off to the States to train with Freddie Roach. That is a great move, both inside and outside the ring.

Because Matthew Macklin's style is so exciting, you would imagine it will be easy for him to take a step up and get some much higher-profile fights. People will always want him on their bill, simply because of that.

Jim Watt
Quotes of the week

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
European Middleweight title
Matthew Macklin v Shalva Jomardashvili
Live on Sky Box Office HD
6pm, Saturday, September 18
Channel 752/Channel 743
To book call 08442 410888

My one concern with Matthew was always the way he lived his life outside the ring. He's good mates with Ricky Hatton and I do think at times he lived life to the full between fights - and that is never good for a fighter coming up through the ranks.

By taking himself off to the Wild Card, he will have brought that to an end; Freddie will instil professionalism and preparation into him and although it was only at the start of the year he made the move, he is now giving the sport his full attention. I am sure he is seeing the benefits already.

Classier

What's more he will get excellent sparring out there with Freddie, the best in the world - just ask Amir Khan what those sessions are like at the Wild Card and what they have done for him.

I can't imagine for a minute Roach is going to complete re-invent Macklin, so we should always look forward to his fights because you know they are going to be exciting. We all remember the fight with his good mate Jamie Moore a while back when he lost a brutal encounter and we wondered whether that was it for him.

A fight like that can have one of two effects on a fighter: it leave him knowing he can go into the trenches, dig deep and still be in there fighting, or leave him thinking 'I'm not doing that again'! Thankfully the former applies to Matthew and he still has that spirit, enthusiasm and drive.

I do expect him to beat Jomardashvili, although the Georgian looks a bit of a tough nut. He gave Martin Murray a real run for his money and although you have to say Macklin is far classier and this is over the full championship distance, I have the feeling he will not tire easily.

From what I have seen he looks solid, not exceptional in any department. I am expecting Macklin - who has sold plenty of tickets for this - to look good and put on a show on his way to a stoppage. And then it's all about making an impact in America.

He is ready for a rated American, or a big name in the top 10; there has been plenty of talk about a fight with John Duddy. Duddy is not the fighter some people thought he was going to be, but he is big box office over in New York and would represent a great chance for Matthew to make a name for himself in the States.

back to top

Other Boxing Experts:

Latest Posts in Boxing:

Johnny Nelson

The best of friends

It will be tough but Johnny Nelson expects mates Anthony Crolla and John Murray to serve up a classic....

Glenn McCrory

Manny happy returns

Manny Pacquiao is back to his best and could yet get it on with Floyd Mayweather, says Glenn McCrory....

Johnny Nelson

Delighted for DeGale

James DeGale's Matchroom switch is the perfect move to get him back in the mix, says Johnny Nelson....

Latest News RSS feeds

Crolla wins bloody battle

Anthony Crolla won the battle of Manchester with a stunning 10th round stoppage victory over John Murray.

Quigg demolishes Munyai

Scott Quigg defended his WBA super-bantamweight title with a brutal second-round stoppage victory over Tshifhiwa Munyai.

Munroe quits after defeat

Josh Warrington defended his Commonwealth featherweight title by forcing veteran Rendall Munroe to retire.

Another KO win for Smith

Callum Smith retained his WBC International super-middleweight title with a stoppage victory over Francois Bastient.

Munyai wins battle with scales

Tshifhiwa Munyai required two visits to the scales before making weight for his WBA title fight against Scott Quigg.

Features

Fight Night - Live!

Fight Night - Live!

Re-live a great night in Manchester as Scott Quigg won in style and Anthony Crolla beat John Murray.

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

Ringside Toe 2 Toe

We catch up with Scott Quigg, James DeGale and battling buddies Anthony Crolla and John Murray.

World P4P rankings

World P4P rankings

We assess the current state of world boxing and pick our 10 best fighters on the international scene.