European champion Macklin wants it! British and commonwealth champion Barker wants it, there teams want it! and the fans definatly want it. So this fight will happen at some stage to find the best middleweight in Britain. There is talk of Macklin being offered a fight with Winky Wright and there is rumour that Macklin is pushing for a fight with world champion Sergio Martinez, either way Macklin Barker could still happen before the years out.
This fight as been signed and sealed to take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday 5th February 2011 – for the British Welterweight title. This rematch promises to be as good as thier first fight when Manchester’s current Commonwealth Light Middleweight champion lost to O’Donnell back in April 2009 by a controversial split decision.
At the moment this would be a step back for Murray. He is on the verge of a world title shot, whilst Mitchell is coming off a loss to Katsidis and is looking to re-build. But should Mitchell do that and Murray seals a world title, then this fight would be massive and a real North v South battle of two honest pro’s who are friends. A fight fan must fight this one.
This fight looks like a goer after John Simpson’s rematch with Northern Ireland’s Martin Lindsay was cancelled after the British Boxing Board of Control ordered the Scot to face Commonwealth featherweight champion Stephen Smith. Simpson lost his Commonwealth crown to Smith in September when a controversial points decision went in favour of the Scouser in Glasgow.
But the 27-year-old then bounced back to upset Lindsay and claim the British title in December. Simpson was due to face Lindsay again in Belfast in March but he has now been told to take on Smith – with both the British and Commonwealth title likely to be at stake when a date is confirmed. Smith has recently changed training camps and moved to Joe Gallaghers in Manchester. This rematch should surpass even the first fight, now they have both felt each other out.
Maybe not a fight this year, unless both teams will ambitiously match the two unbeaten prospects to see who is the best. But somewhere down the line the two could one day meet in a fight of North v South. But two outstanding British prospects to watch out for.
Unbeaten prospect Scott Quigg as been learning his trade on the Greater Manchester undercards and is coming along very nicely indeed collecting the WBA International super-bantamweight title along the way accumilating in a 21-0 pro record. Rendall Munroe also with a 21 fight record with 2 defeats, has done a crash course in the same amount of fights which saw him elivated into a genuine world title shot in Japan against Toshiaki Nishioka in October 2010, losing on points in a gallent effort against a quality champion for his WBC super bantamweight title. But Munroe the ‘Boxing Bin Man’ from Leicester, is a former European and Commonwealth title holder and still looks to have plenty left in the tank, to match the up and comers like Quigg. This would be a mouth watering encounter and a real pick’em one!
Both of these fighters had a fantastic 2010. McDonald won the British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles against Ian Nappa in January, which was his starter for four championship fights, and then he added the European crown to his impresive collection of domestic honours, stopping Jerome Arnould in March. He as since defended the title twice with competent displays of boxing from the Doncaster battler. Stuart Hall also gate crashed the British scene last year, when in just his 9th fight won the vacant British title against Ian Nappa in June. Hall has risen to his role as champion, defending his Lonsdale belt successfully twice since then and the status of champion, seems to have made the Darlington boxer into a better fighter and a fight against McDonnell surely must be the next fight he will be seeking. This would be a very interesting fight and a sell out in the North of England where ever it took place.