Fireworks: Golovkin vs. Macklin

By Robert Ecksel on April 11, 2013
Fireworks: Golovkin vs. Macklin
As tough as the battle may be for Golovkin, it will be even tougher for Mack the Knife.


On Saturday, June 29, at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) defends his title when he gets it on with Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs).

Golovkin has been earmarked as the next big thing. He certainly looks the part. He is skilled. He is strong. He is fast. And while his killer instinct might not make Jack Dempsey blush, it might cause the Manassa Mauler to take a second look.

But there have been complaints, educated complaints, about the quality of Golovkin’s opposition. The fight with Macklin may or may not convince those still straddling the fence.

Macklin is a tough customer and is currently ranked #3 by the WBC, #11 by the WBA, and #14 by the IBF. He’s a hard-nosed competitor who comes to fight and will give it all he’s got. But Mackin is slow and there to be hit; and hitting, of course, is a Golovkin specialty.

“Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th,” Golovkin said. “I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is.”

As tough as the battle may be for Golovkin, it will be even tougher for Mack the Knife.

“Golovkin hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro,” he said. “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.”

Macklin also questions Golovkin’s opposition, a point driven home by his recent demolition of Nobuhiro Ishida.

“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.”

If Macklin fights Golovkin the way he discusses Golovkin we should expect fireworks.

It has, after all, been that kind of year.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday, June 29, at 9:45 PM ET/PT.

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  1. Mike Casey 10:48am, 04/12/2013

    If Golovkin boxes as smartly as he usually does, this might not even be competitive. Mack is too full of holes. He has never maximized his physical advantages. Too eager to please the crowd and get into needless brawls.

  2. Don from Prov 10:15am, 04/12/2013

    Ouch!

  3. Ted 06:02am, 04/12/2013

    A slaughter

  4. Pete The Sneak 05:08am, 04/12/2013

    I like Macklin, but man, I tell you. 5 will get you 10 Ol’Mackie’s going down. (Sorry, couldn’t resist)...Peace.

  5. Mike Casey 01:21am, 04/12/2013

    Methinks this might be a very painful experience for Mack.

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