Middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin has promised a beatdown of hard-hitting, WBA 160-pound beltholder Gennady Golovkin when they clash on June 29 in an HBO-televised matchup in Mashantucket, Conn.
Macklin (29-4, 20 knockouts), whose 31sth birthday was on May 14, will be trying to end a streak of 13 consecutive stoppage wins by Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs), who turned 31 in April.
Macklin, of Birmingham, West Midlands, in the United Kingdom, was last in the ring for September’s first-round stoppage of ex-titleholder Joachim Alcine that helped him to rebound from consecutive setbacks against RING champion Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm.
The Kazakhstan-born Golovkin is coming off a third-round knockout in March over Nobuhiro Ishida, who was stopped for the first time in his career. The win over Ishida followed Golovkin’s bloody, seventh-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado at New York’s Madison Square Garden in January.
Macklin has been preparing at his brand new state-of-the-art facility, Macklin’s Gym Marbella (MGM) in Marbella, Spain. Along with trainer, Buddy McGirt, Macklin left his camp in Spain this past Sunday for New York City, where he will complete the remainder of his preparation.
Below are camp notes from Macklin, which were taken from an HBO press release that was sent to boxing media on Tuesday:
Matthew Macklin’s training camp notes: “I have had an excellent camp so far here in Spain, and I am looking forward to coming over to NYC to join Buddy and get acclimated to the time difference. It is great having my own gym when I am preparing for a fight, but I also cherish the fact that the facility is home to a number of world-class athletes from all types of sports, as well as for the local kids here to come in and learn the sport of boxing.
“We start our day with an early morning run. I divide my running sessions up between hill runs, through the beautiful mountains, and sprints. After my run, I go home and have a good breakfast and relax until the afternoon. In the afternoon, I head to the gym for my main session of the day.
“I switch things around to keep things fresh. Depending on the day, the main focus of the session will either be pad work or sparring. On alternate days, I’ll go back to the gym in the evening and work with my strength and conditioning coach. At night, I will either watch a movie to relax, or go for a long walk around the beautiful harbor in Marbella.
“I am very excited about this fight, because Golovkin is there to be hit. With someone like Sergio Martinez, because of his style and movement, it can be very hard to land cleanly on him and get your combinations off, and that is frustrating. With Golovkin, obviously he is very dangerous, but he is right there in front of you.
“Everyone talks about his power, and believe me, I am well aware of it. But just like I am going to have to deal with his, he is going to have to deal with mine. I’ve always had a lot of confidence in my own ability. I think the nature of my career and the ups and downs that I’ve had to get to this point have made me a very mentally strong person.
“To become world champion and finally lift that world title belt is a goal that has driven me since the first day I put on a pair of boxing gloves. I’ve won everything else in terms of Irish, British and European titles and I should have had the world title after I got ripped off in the Sturm fight.
“Each setback though has just made me more determined to become world champion, so that’s really the driving force behind me at this point in my career. As much as I am looking forward to June 29, the fans are the real winners in this fight. This is a real old fashioned, middleweight ‘fight,’ and a throwback to the great middleweight heyday of the 40s’ and 50s where the best fought the best.
“I don’t think there are going to be too many tactical surprises in there from either of us. You have two, physically strong punchers who love to come forward, so it’s no surprise that people are predicting a real war. Gennady’s a great fighter and he will go on to achieve a lot in this sport, but every great fighter hits a bump in the road at some point, and for Gennady, that will come on June 29.”
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