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The Matchroom Illusion

As the epic Wu-Tang anthem ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ declares, ‘Cash Rules Everything Around Me’. Should Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have a ringwalk entrance theme, you’d imagine this particular track would fit the bill. Although Sky Sport’s single boxing juggernaut undoubtedly does a lot of great thing’s for British boxing, they also in many way’s can hinder it’s development overseas. The negative as much as the positive should be pointed out and addressed accordingly.

Epitomised by Demetrius Andrade’s obliteration of a the lamb brought for slaughter in Brian Rose this weekend, Matchroom’s process in developing (or under developing) young British prospects for any level past European and Commonwealth seriously needs revaluating. The obsession with having their boxers fighting eliminators for mandatory positions to World Title’s is a great way of manoeuvring and forcing a governing bodies hand, but a ranking without a legitimate resume is JUST a ranking. Continue reading

Golovkin impressive in destroying Macklin

Almost 48 hours ago the inevitable happened, as widely predicted Gennady Golovkin stopped Matthew Macklin within the distance. To just state that fact alone though does not do the performance justice. Many questioned whether Golovkin’s ‘power’ and recent run of stoppages was down to mediocre opponent, handpicked to increase his marketability. Continue reading

Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin – Preview

738On the 29th of June, Matthew Macklin will be handed his third attempt at the professional fighter’s ultimate prize in challenging WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Although there are considerably more avenues to take than days gone by, even consideration for a shot at a World Title lets you know you’re on the right path.

Macklin has the experience of the big occasion, few come bigger than the opportunity for an ‘Irishman’ to face lb for lb great Sergio Martinez on St Patricks day at Madison Square Garden.

A fight Macklin lost, but maintained stock after a good showing even forcing the champion to touch down in the 8th round. Preceding the Martinez fight, Macklin dropped a hugely controversial decision to hometown champion Felix Sturm. A faded Sturm, a solid champion in his own right seemed a little gun shy and overwhelmed by the pace set by Macklin. Although he came on strong late on, I scored the fight in Macklin’s favour as did the majority of media members at ringside. Macklin’ had every right to feel aggrieved and who knows? Maybe third time will be a ‘charm’ for the ‘Irishman’. Continue reading