Macklin: My work rate will be too much for Sergio Martinez
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KO’s) wants a shot against WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 28 KO’s) in the worst way despite having just been beaten by WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm by a 12 round decision.
Macklin thinks he deserves the shot immediately without having to work for it after he ran out of gas against Sturm. Frankly, I think it’s a complete waste of a fight for Martinez and I for one hope ignore Macklin and tells him to go beat a few contenders.
“Darren showed Martinez’s weaknesses,” Macklin said to thesun.co.uk. “My work rate and variety will be too much for him.”
Yeah, like it too much for Sturm, right Macklin? This started the fight like he thought it was a six-rounder instead of a full 12 round. By the 7th, Macklin was a spent force, throwing nothing but weak arm shots and looking red in the face like someone who had been holding their breath for too long. Sturm then calmly took over the fight, battering Macklin with beautiful jabs and powerful right hands. It was like Sturm couldn’t miss with his shots, and Macklin sure as heck made it easy on him by standing right in front of him and not using any movement.
I think Macklin is awful choice for Martinez. I can think of a lot better just on the top of my head, such as Daniel Jacobs, David Lemieux, Grzegorz Proksa, Andy Lee, Sebastian Zbik, Marco Antonio Rubio, and Fernando Guerrero.
I think Macklin is two to five fights away from a shot against Martinez depending on who Macklin faces. If he faces nothing but Euro cannon fodder, then I say five fights. But if he takes on the best in the division such as a Jacobs, Lee or Proksa, then I think it’s fair for Macklin to get a shot against Martinez in a couple of fights. But this is business, and there is no money in fighting Macklin because he hasn’t set it up right by taking on quality fighters in the U.S.
Heck, Macklin hasn’t fought in the U.S at all, so of course he’s going to be completely ignored by Martinez. Why fight another UK that boxing fans have never heard of when Martinez just fought one and the fight didn’t sell out the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in New Jersey. That says a lot, doesn’t it? If I’m Martinez’s promoter the last guy I’m putting Martinez in with is Macklin. There’s reason to.