Matthew Macklin gets his shot at the big time against Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin later this month as the WBA welterweight title goes on the line in Mashantucket, USA.
Macklin, 31, is looking to win his first world title after coming agonisingly close to victory against Germany’s Felix Sturm two years ago. Since then, the Birmingham fighter has worked hard on his game and although he lost to Sergio Martinez a KO over Joachim Alcine last September proved his class.
A title shot is no less than Macklin deserves but he faces a fierce opponent in Golovkin. The middleweight has a 26-0 record and hasn’t gone the distance since an eighth-round unanimous decision victory against Amar Amari in July 2008. He last fought in March against Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan and that fight lasted just three rounds, so boxing betting fans can expect a short fight here.
Not that Golovkin, albeit favourite, will definitely defeat Macklin by knockout. The challenger is a tough man to crack and is known for his steel jaw that rarely sees him go down. His fight with Martinez was maybe a little ahead of schedule and Macklin could have done with an easier opponent coming off the Sturm defeat, yet he proved capable of matching the best over 11 rounds before a technical knockout.
Boxing fans looking to bet on this clash should see Golovkin as favourite for an early win but if Macklin keeps his distance the Englishman will eventually get the upper hand. Forcing Golovkin to 12 rounds would be an achievement in itself but it is also the only way Macklin, who usually goes the distance, can claim this WBA title.