Macklin misses two contract deadlines in Sturm rematch negotiations
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KO’s) is blowing his chance for a rematch against World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-1, 15 KO’s) by reportedly missing two contract deadlines during the recent negotiations with Sturm’s management according to fightnews.
This isn’t good for Macklin, because Sturm said they could move on and look to fight someone else on November 26th in Cologne, Germany. Macklin lost to Sturm by a 12 round split decision on June 25th in a fight that some boxing fans thought should have gone to Macklin. Personally, I had Sturm winning by a fairly wide margin of four rounds.
I actually had it by more than that but I gave Macklin some rounds where he was busier but throwing sloppy and weak shots. Sturm landed the harder and cleaner shots all throughout the fight. Macklin started off well in the first four rounds, throwing a ton of punches but by the 5th, his form went downhill, as he quickly tired and began to look sloppy and weak. Sturm took control of the fight and dominated for the remainder of the bout with his much, much better jab and power shots.
Macklin just looked like he lacked the power in his shots. Something was missing from the guy. Physically, Macklin looked bigger than Sturm, but the power just wasn’t there. Hopefully, Macklin can hit the weights and become stronger but I can’t see that happening. At 29, Macklin is likely as strong as he’ll ever be, so he’s probably stuck with his lack of power.
Sturm said that Macklin used his head a lot in their fight and he’s going to make sure that this doesn’t happen in a rematch. However, Macklin might just blow it by his team not responding in time to make the fight with Sturm.