Macklin open to challenging for light middleweight world title in 2016

Matthew Macklin plans to be back in line for a fourth World title shot by the start of 2016 and is willing to drop down to light middleweight to fulfill his top of the World dream.

The former Irish, British and European champion had three opportunities to claim World honours, was robbed against Felix Sturm, came up short against Sergio Martinez and stopped early against Gennady Golovkin.

The Matchroom puncher was hoping to secure another tilt in 2015, but a surprise stoppage reverse to Sebastain Hieland in November set him back.

Indeed, directly after the bout retirement seemed an option, however ‘Mack The Knife’ returned with a win over Sandor Micsko and is attempting to get back into contention.

The 33 year old wants three fights before the year is out one of which will take place in Marbella the 28th of this month, while another will play out in Birmingham in October.

Come through those and add one more win to the mix and the entertaining battler will be targeting the World champions at both middle and light middleweight.

“From a personal and individual point of view this fight (August 28) is the first of a three fight plan between now and Christmas which will give me really good momentum and leave me sitting in a good position going into next year where I’ll be looking for another world title shot at either 160lbs (Middleweight) or 154lbs (Light-Middleweight).”

The ‘Lights out at the Plaza’ might not be the high profile of fight cards, nor will his opponent be the toughest test of his career, but Macklin remains excited about a night ‘not to be missed.’

“I’m delighted to be headlining the first MGM Promotions show in Marbella, “he said. “This is where the gym is and this is where Daniel and I decided we were going to manage fighters and promote shows so it’s fitting that I’m headlining the first professional boxing show here.”

“Lights out at the Plaza sold out in 48 hours, there will be 8 fights with each one featuring an MGM fighter,” said Matthew “It’s a very busy weekend over here.” The night following the pro show will be the annual MGM White Collar event which raises money for local charity Aspandem.


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