Macklin in 2015
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
14 May 1982|
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
|Wins by KO||22|
Matthew Macklin (born 14 May 1982) is a British-Irish former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2016. He challenged three times for middleweight world titles between 2011 and 2013, and has held multiple regional championships: the Irish middleweight title from 2005 to 2006; the British middleweight title in 2009; and the European middleweight title from 2009 to 2011.
Macklin and his brother Seamus, also a boxer, spent entire summers and much of their youth in their mother's native county. It was there that he learned how to play one of Ireland's national sport's, hurling, in which he is still an avid supporter of Tipperary today. He became a talented player in his own right, and is a close friend of now retired hurler Eoin Kelly. Macklin attends the Poc fada and other GAA events when Tipperary are playing.
Following his education at the independent Solihull School, at the age of 18 and whilst studying law at Coventry University as an amateur boxer, Macklin won the 2001 national senior ABA welterweight title for the Small Heath Boxing Club by beating Justin Turley in the final.
Macklin left the amateur ranks and turned professional in September 2001, winning his first fight at the Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, in which Macklin beat previously undefeated Ram Singh from Wisbech in a first round knockout on a card which included Scottish fighters Scott Harrison, Alex Arthur and Willie Limond.
The Jamie Moore barnstormer
In September 2006, Macklin was involved in his highest profile fight when he was defeated in a fight of the year contender bout against Manchester's Jamie Moore for the British light middleweight title which took place at the George Carnell Leisure Centre, Davyhulme, Manchester, England. Macklin later confessed to having major problems trying to make the weight for the fight. It was one of the best action fights ever held in a British boxing ring and nearly won 2006 Fight of The Year.
Potential Duddy fight
There was speculation of a potential Irish title fight against New York based Derry native John Duddy. In the summer of 2006 Macklin made a guest appearance in Dublin to hand over the Irish middleweight title to fellow stablemate Dubliner Jim Rock.
At post fight press conference John Duddy's then matchmaker Jim Borzell stated that if Macklin won "the European title then maybe you'll have something John wants." Macklin replied, "maybe I have something for him he doesn't want!".
European middleweight title
Relinquishing and retaining the European middleweight title
Matthew Macklin was later forced to vacate his European title. However he would get in first for the fight for the vacant title. A fight against Englishman Darren Barker was arranged for 18 September 2010 on Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven bill on Sky Box Office. The fight would be a big step closer to a world title fight for both men however Barker was forced to pull out of the contest through injury only weeks before the fight. He was replaced with Georgian slugger Shalva Jomardashvili and won the fight via a technical knock out two seconds into the sixth round after shoma pulled out. Macklin regained his EBU title and stated after the fight he wanted to go on to fight for a world title next.
World title shots
Mathew fought WBA Middleweight champion Felix Sturm on 25 June 2011. The fight ended in a controversial split decision win for Sturm.
On 17 March 2012 otherwise known as St. Patrick's Day. Matthew Macklin met WBC Diamond Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in Madison Square Garden, New York City. Macklin would go on to lose that fight after his corner retired him on his stool after round 11, a round in which Macklin was dropped twice near the end by massive straight lefts from the southpaw Martinez after gaining a slight lead on the scorecards in the middle rounds. See Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin
Coming off two consecutive losses in title fights, Macklin came back on 15 September 2012, he fought on HBO World Championship Boxing PPV on the undercard of the WBC World Middleweight Title fight between Mexico's then defending WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. and Argentina's Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martínez in the Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada. Macklin fought former Light-Middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (33–2, 19 KO's) of Canada and won with a knockout in the first round. On 30 June 2013, he suffered another setback with a loss to Gennady Golovkin by KO in the 3rd round when Golovkin landed a brutal left hook to the liver.
Follow a devastating knockout loss to Argentine contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland, Macklin took some time off from the sport, being undecided on whether he would retire or not. In the meantime, he set up the Macklin's Gym Marbella gym in Marbella, Spain. Past his best but in hopes of one final title shot, Macklin returned the following year and took part in a couple of easy warm up fights, before dropping down a weight division to defeat domestic level Jason Welborn. He won by close 10 round unanimous decision, on a packed card in his home town of Birmingham. Macklin then defeated former world title challenger Brian Rose by a narrow 12 round majority decision on the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin undercard. Shortly after the Rose fight, Macklin announced his retirement on May 13, 2016. Having struggled with fighters who he feels he would have beaten comprehensively a few years earlier, Macklin saw it was time to finally hang up the gloves.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|41 fights||35 wins||6 losses|
|41||Win||35–6||Brian Rose||MD||12||9 Apr 2016||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|40||Win||34–6||Jason Welborn||UD||10||17 Oct 2015||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England||Won vacant WBC International light-middleweight title|
|39||Win||33–6||Chris Herrmann||KO||1 (8), 1:44||28 Aug 2015||H10 Andalucía Plaza, Marbella, Spain|
|38||Win||32–6||Sandor Micsko||KO||2 (8), 1:28||9 May 2015||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England|
|37||Loss||31–6||Jorge Sebastian Heiland||KO||10 (12), 0:42||15 Nov 2014||3Arena, Dublin, Ireland||For WBC International middleweight title|
|36||Win||31–5||Jose Yebes||MD||8||27 Sep 2014||Kiel, Germany|
|35||Win||30–5||Lamar Russ||UD||10||7 Dec 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|34||Loss||29–5||Gennady Golovkin||KO||3 (12), 1:22||29 Jun 2013||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US||For WBA and IBO middleweight titles|
|33||Win||29–4||Joachim Alcine||KO||1 (10), 2:36||15 Sep 2012||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|32||Loss||28–4||Sergio Martínez||RTD||11 (12), 3:00||17 Mar 2012||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US||For The Ring and lineal middleweight titles|
|31||Loss||28–3||Felix Sturm||SD||12||2 Jul 2011||Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany||For WBA middleweight title|
|30||Win||28–2||Ruben Varon||UD||12||11 Dec 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained European middleweight title|
|29||Win||27–2||Shalva Jomardashvili||RTD||6 (12), 0:02||18 Sep 2010||LG Arena, Birmingham, England||Won vacant European middleweight title|
|28||Win||26–2||Rafael Sosa Pintos||PTS||10||5 Dec 2009||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|27||Win||25–2||Amin Asikainen||TKO||1 (12), 2:34||25 Sep 2009||Velodrome, Manchester, England||Won vacant European middleweight title|
|26||Win||24–2||Wayne Elcock||TKO||3 (12), 0:59||14 Mar 2009||Aston Villa Events Centre, Birmingham, England||Won British middleweight title|
|25||Win||23–2||Geard Ajetović||PTS||10||31 Oct 2008||Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England|
|24||Win||22–2||Francis Cheka||PTS||10||6 Sep 2008||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|23||Win||21–2||Yori Boy Campas||PTS||10||22 Mar 2008||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|22||Win||20–2||Alessio Furlan||TKO||8 (10), 1:28||20 Oct 2007||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland|
|21||Win||19–2||Darren Rhodes||KO||4 (8), 2:25||25 Aug 2007||Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland|
|20||Win||18–2||Anatoliy Udalov||KO||1 (8), 2:24||20 Jul 2007||Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England|
|19||Loss||17–2||Jamie Moore||KO||10 (12), 1:29||29 Sep 2006||George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester, England||For British light-middleweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||Marcin Piatkowski||TKO||4 (8), 2:17||1 Jun 2006||Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England|
|17||Win||16–1||Alexey Chirkov||KO||1 (10), 2:44||26 Nov 2005||Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England|
|16||Win||15–1||Anthony Little||TKO||2 (8), 2:20||28 Oct 2005||Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US|
|15||Win||14–1||Leo Ladaut||TKO||3 (8), 1:55||4 Aug 2005||Borgata, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|14||Win||13–1||Michael Monaghan||KO||5 (10), 1:28||14 May 2005||National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland||Won vacant Irish middleweight title|
|13||Win||12–1||Ojay Abrahams||PTS||4||12 Jun 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|12||Win||11–1||Scott Dixon||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||24 Apr 2004||Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, England|
|11||Win||10–1||Dean Walker||KO||1 (6), 1:25||21 Feb 2004||National Ice Rink, Cardiff, Wales|
|10||Loss||9–1||Andrew Facey||PTS||10||6 Nov 2003||Goresbrook Leisure Center, London, England||For vacant English light-middleweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Paul Denton||PTS||6||24 May 2003||York Hall, London, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Ruslan Yakupov||PTS||6||15 Feb 2003||Wembley Conference Centre, London, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Leonti Vorontsuk||TKO||5 (6), 1:11||28 Sep 2002||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Guy Alton||TKO||3 (4), 1:20||1 Jun 2002||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Ilia Spasov||KO||3 (4), 2:35||20 Apr 2002||International Arena, Cardiff, Wales|
|4||Win||4–0||David Kirk||PTS||4||11 Mar 2002||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland|
|3||Win||3–0||Dmitri Protkunas||RTD||2 (4), 3:00||9 Feb 2002||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Cristian Hodorogea||KO||1 (4), 1:36||15 Dec 2001||Wembley Conference Centre, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Ram Singh||TKO||1 (4), 1:52||17 Nov 2001||Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow, Scotland||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byDarren Sweeney
|Irish middleweight champion
14 May 2005 – June 2006
Title next held byJim Rock
Title last held byWayne Elcock
|British middleweight champion
14 March 2009 – November 2009
Title next held byDarren Barker
Title last held byKhoren Gevor
|European middleweight champion|
25 September 2009 – April 2011
Title last held byCarson Jones
|WBC International super-welterweight champion
17 October 2015 – April 2016
Title next held bySergio Garcia
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