Birmingham middleweight Matthew Macklin targets world No.1 Sergio Martinez
The match for the WBC title is planned for March next year on a date as near to St Patrick’s Day as possible, because of Macklin’s powerful Irish connections, at Madison Square Gardens.
Macklin’s brother and biggest fan, Seamus, told me this week: “Matthew has decided to spend more time in New York because that is where it is all happening for him.
“He has signed a promotional deal with Lou DiBella, who will be staging his next fight. Lou is also looking after the interests of Martinez so a match between Martinez and Matthew will not be difficult to arrange. It’s a question of making the most of the opportunity.
“That is why March 17 would be ideal in New York because of our family’s Tipperary connections.
“And while Matthew accepts that Martinez is the best middleweight in the world at the moment, he is still confident he would beat him.
“Matthew was one of the commentary team for the Barker-Martinez fight so he got a good close-up and is confident he would come out the winner.
“Martinez, for example, leaves himself open and Matthew would capitalise on that.’’
Macklin and his team are not only working on the possibility of a deal to fight Martinez in March.
They also feel it would be advantageous for him to have an outing in December and are looking at the possibility of a show in Boston.
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