MATTHEW Macklin believes he will fight Irish middleweight rival Andy Lee in 2015 regardless of how Lee’s December World title fight pans out.
‘Mack The Knife’ brings big time boxing back to Dublin when he fights Jorge Sebastian Heiland in a WBC world middleweight title eliminator at Bernard Dunne’s stomping ground on November 15 and he is confident that bringing Matchroom and Sky Sports to Ireland will pave a way for Limerick Tipperary clash of the boxing kind.
Most believed either of Ireland’s leading 160lbs fighters would have to win a World title before an all Irish clash could be made, but Macklin says a showdown with southpaw Lee is not dependent on the outcome of the former Kronk fighter’s December Las Vegas hosted WBO World title fight with Matt Koroborov.
Indeed March 17 2015 has already been touted as a possible date and Macklin’s new promoter Eddie Hearn has stated Croke Park as an outside chance of hosting the clash if it was to be made.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, 32-year-old Macklin said
“The time’s getting a lot closer for the fight needing to happen. He’s fighting Korborov for the world title in December and I’m bringing big-time boxing back to Ireland here at the 3Arena.
“So if Lee wins, yes we’ll fight, and if he doesn’t win then it is still a big fight, so I think the time’s getting close.
“I think early next year or the middle of next year the fight will happen.”