Darren Barker
The highly anticipated fight between British and European middleweight champion Darren Barker and challenger Matthew Macklin is off after it was reported that Barker has suffered a hip injury in training.
How disappointing this news is, the fight was to be an highlight of Frank Warrens Magnificent Seven boxing show at the Birmingham’s LG Arena on 18 September, and although the show will still be packed with top class match-ups, it was this fight that had us fans guessing more than any.
It really was a 50/50 pick em fight, and the decision to pull out by Barker, 22-0(14) will be a sharp blow to both him and Macklin and there chance to prove who has been fooling who and who really is the best middleweight in Britain.
Macklin, 26-2(18) had vacated the same European title in March after suffering an injury himself, which allowed Barker the opportunity to win the belt.
Besides this disappointment. the September card still promises to be fantastic, with such fights as Michael Jennings’ long awaited showdown with rising star Kell Brooke. The ever impressive Nathan Cleverly fights the tough German based Karo Murat, Ryan Rhodes fights Lukas Konecny and British heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora against Commonwealth holder Sam Sexton should be a cracker.
Then there’s James DeGale against Carl Dilks for the WBA International Super Middleweight Title, plus former amateur star Frankie Gavin features, has well has Enzo Macarinellis tough assignment against the unbeaten Alexander Frenkel for the European Cruiserweight Title.
With many other fights sandwiched in-between we are all still in for a high standard show, but just left thinking still, who is the best middleweight in Britain? we will have to wait for the answer.
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