Macklin wants Geale next
By Scott Gilfoid: Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) figures he deserves a shot at the title against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale after watching Geale successfully defend his title earlier tonight against Anthony Mundine. Macklin, who has lost two out of his last three fights, feels he’s got a title shot coming to him despite his almost complete lack of success in his last three fights.
Macklin, #2 WBC, #11 WBA, #14 IBF, said on his twitter “Geale doesn’t fancy it!! Fight makes sense to everyone. Only reason it doesn’t happen is if. I beat Sturm, didn’t get decision, he did get decision..let’s get it on! realdealgeale I’m ready & waiting if he is!!? FOTY written all over it!”
Here’s my take on this: Macklin doesn’t deserve a title shot against Geale just because Macklin beat Joachim Alcine by a 1st round knockout last September. I’m sorry, but that’s not enough for Macklin to get yet another title shots. I mean, Macklin has had title shots in two out of his last three fights and he’s failed each time, so why should he be getting another title shot? Shouldn’t Macklin actually have to produce in the ring instead of losing all the time when he steps up?
Geale has better things to do with his career than wasting time on guys that are getting beaten 24/7. Geale plans on fighting the winner of the Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman fight, and after that Geale is targeting world champions Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin. In other words, Geale doesn’t have time to waste on defending his title against struggling contenders like Macklin.
My advice for Macklin is for him to get in the ring and fight someone that’s actually relevant, and I’m not talking about Alcine because that guy already got blown out by junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo two fights BEFORE Macklin stopped him, and that wasn’t even a fight.
Macklin needs to take on somebody of decent quality like Andy Lee, Jermain Taylor, Dmitriy Pirog, Marco Antonio Rubio, David Lemieux, Hassan N’Dam N’jikam, Daniel Jacobs, Gabriel Rosado or Matt Korobov before he starts yapping about wanting to fight for a world title again. If Macklin could beat three or four of those guys, then I can see him calling out one of the world champions at 160, but until then he needs to keep his yapper shut.