Matthew Macklin: Gennady Golovkin destroys everyone but bleeds like anyone

12 Apr
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Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, will play host to the highly anticipated middleweight bout between WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0-0, 23ko) and top-rated contender and former world title challenger Matthew Macklin (29-4-0, 20ko) on Saturday, June 29 in the beautiful, state of the art MGM Grand Theater.

xxx. Credit: Sumio Yamada

GGG recently floored Ishida inside 3. Credit: Sumio Yamada

“I’m excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th,” said Golovkin (pictured above, left). “I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is.”

Macklin said: “Golovkin hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He’s destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he’s probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now. People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he’s going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight.

“When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin’s last three opponents, it’s clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win.”

Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions said: “Gennady is excited to return to the ring so quickly to defend his titles against a proven, top-rated middleweight in Matthew Macklin. Gennady was ringside for Macklin’s fight against Sergio Martinez last March and saw first-hand how dangerous he is, as he dropped Sergio in the seventh round.

“GGG has become one of the most talked-about fighters in boxing. This fight with Macklin will be a very hot ticket. We’re thankful to HBO for featuring Gennady again and also to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for hosting this event.”

Macklin’s promoter Lou DiBella added: “Golovkin-Macklin is one of the very best fights that can be made in the middleweight division and all of boxing. It figures to be a barnburner and we are thrilled that Matthew is getting another deserved opportunity at a world title.”

Known for his heavy hands and brutal knockouts, Golovkin has quickly become the most talked-about fighter in the sport. His 88% knockout ratio ranks highest among active world champions.

Irish middleweight contender Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin, is an intelligent boxer-puncher, who has shown that he is not afraid to engage or press the action when necessary. He is currently ranked number three by the WBC, 11 by the WBA, and 14 by the IBF.

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