22nd September 2011
Birmingham’s Matthew Macklin came back to training on Wednesday this week to prepare for his next fight, when he tops the bill in New York on December 10th or 17th.

An opponent and venue are yet to be confirmed by Macklins new Promoter Lou DiBella, but former English, Irish, British and European middleweight champion is looking to get another shot at a world title, after the disappointment of his controversial loss to Germany’s WBA title holder Felix Strum in June.

Macklin 29, has been told by DiBella that if WBC champion Sergio Martinez beats Britain’s Darren Barker in October, then he will be next in line for a crack at the Mexican champions title.

Barker has a hard task on his hands against Martinez, but don’t right him off just yet and should the Barnet man do the supposedly impossible and beat Martinez, then a all domestic world title fight with Macklin would be a big fight for the British fight game. Stranger things have happened and Macklin is hoping that Barker can do it, saying it is not impossible that Barker could cause an upset.

BritishBoxers went along to see Macklin on his first day back in the gym with his coach Joe Gallagher and afterwards spoke to him about getting back in the gym, the Sturm defeat and his return to the ring.

Watch the above video for the full interview with Macklin and footage of him training at Amir Khan’s ‘Gloves’ gym in Bolton, were coach Gallagher now trains his camp of boxers.


By Chris Maylett

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