23rd June 2011
Matthew Macklin on Saturday night has the chance to become Britain’s sixth current world champion and the first Birmingham born boxer to win a world title by beating champion Felix Sturm for his WBA middleweight title at Lanxess Stadium in Cologne Germany.
|Sturm and Macklin at German Press conference|
Macklin won the British and European title in successive fights in 2009, before Injury forced him to vacate his European crown last year, before coming back to regained the strap with victory against Shalva Jomardashvili last September.
The Midlander was being lined up to face Londoner Darren Barker and was close to signing a fight with Ronald Winky Wright. But with them fights not materialising, fortune favored the patient and he was rewarded with the world title match he craved, against Sturm.