But when these two meet at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, on St Patrick’s Day, March 17 – Macklin has vowed to go to war with the WBC Diamond champion in his quest to rule the world middleweight division.
‘Mack the Knife’ is in a good place you feel at the moment. After proving against Felix Sturm in June last year, that he can mix it at world level. Macklin now realises he has a good and realistic chance of beating anyone on his day. – In his last fight against the German Sturm in Germany, Macklin pushed the WBA champion all the way to a split decision and in many peoples eyes did enough to win that fight and it seems Macklin almost feels like the champion in waiting. (See Our Exclusive Interview with Macklin below in his first day back in the gym training since the Sturm loss.)
I’ve got to impose my style upon him, so I want to make it a physical fight, a grueling tough hard fight. – Basically I want to go to War.” – Matthew Macklin
“Now, however, I’m at this stage and I’ve relocated to New York, signed with Lou and it makes more sense. It was good to get rewarded with this fight because being at against Martinez, it ticks all the boxes, It’s like a fairy-tale.”
“Could he make 154(lbs) still? Probably! Could I? No way! – So I do feel I’m a little bit bigger naturally, probably more physically stronger, he’s probably quicker with better reflexes that sort of thing. So if I stand back and let it be a boxing match and a speed contest, I’m gonna come off second best.
“I’ve got to impose my style upon him, so I want to make it a physical fight, a grueling tough hard fight. – Basically I want to go to War.” Macklin added.
Southpaw Argentinian hero Martinez himself like Macklin has harbored the ambition to fight at boxing’s most famous venue all his career. And for him, St. Patrick’s night will be as special for him as it will be for Macklin, when he too will realise a dream to fight at The Mecca of boxing. and the champion says; he is primed and ready for whatever his British challenger comes with.