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Macklin vs. Alcine

Martinez dominates Chavez Jr; Rigondeaux decisions Marroquin; Macklin crushes Alcine

By Dwight Chittenden: With the exception of the 12th round, Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) completely dominated a badly over-matched WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) tonight in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martinez, 37, had to climb off the deck in the 12th round to survive after getting hurt and knocked by a desperate Chavez Jr. However, Chavez Jr. was too slow and inaccurate to finish off Martinez when he had him where he wanted him. The final judges’ scores were 118-109, 118-109 and 117-110, all for Martinez.

Chavez Jr. couldn’t get into the fight in the first 11 rounds, as he was too slow and unable to get his shots off. With Martinez constantly moving, Chavez Jr. looked completely clueless with what to do. His past opponents had always been stationary for him to use his body attack on them while they stood against the ropes for him. But Martinez was going to play Chavez Jr’s game and stayed on the move the entire fight. Continue reading

Macklin-Alcine: Mack the Knife Aims to Return to Winning Ways in Vegas

By Padraig Ivory: Irish fight fans will be hoping Matthew Macklin can deliver a performance that may warrant a temporary change of venue name to the Thomas and Mack the Knife Centre this September 15th in Las Vegas as he takes on the test of Joachim Alcine.

The man from Tipp will settle for nothing less than a win as he seeks his first victory since 2010. The aesthetic appearance of Macklin’s professional record may be showing signs of rust after falling to 28-4 last St Patrick’s Day however the argument exists that much of Macklin’s credibility and relevance stems from his valiant performance in those losses.

Dethroning Felix Sturm on German soil was always going to be a challenge considering the uneven elevation of the terrain in favour of the local hero. The split decision verdict was proof enough to Macklin that he won the fight and with it his just place amongst the elite middleweight combatants. In his next bout Mack The Knife showed an unexpected facade to his craft as he cleverly boxed with middleweight knockout artist Sergio Maravilla Martinez before finally wilting against the supremely accurate Argentinian. Continue reading

Macklin ready for bout against Alcine on September 15th

Middleweight contender Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin is gearing up for his Las Vegas debut on September 15th where he will take on former World Champ, Joachim Alcine on a card headlined by the eagerly awaited World Middleweight title clash between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez. Macklin pushed Martinez close in a brave effort to dethrone the middleweight kingpin at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day and has been rewarded for his efforts with another opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a US television audience with the fight live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Continue reading

Rigondeaux-Marroquin, Macklin-Alcine, Martinez-Beltran Jr. on Chavez Jr vs. Martinez undercard on September 15th on HBO

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (August 10, 2012) — The Méxican Independence Day Weekend boxing extravaganza headlined by the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez World Middleweight Championship will feature four exciting bouts on the live pay-per-view undercard, including two world championship showdowns. Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion and Cuban expatriate GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will defend his world title against knockout artist ROBERTO MARROQUIN of Dallas. Former world champion ROMAN “Rocky” MARTINEZ, of Puerto Rico and MIGUEL “Barreterito” BELTRAN, JR., of México, will battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title. One-time world title challenger MATTHEW “Mack The Knife” MACKLIN, of England, will rumble with former world super welterweight champion JOACHIM ALCINE, of Montréal, Québec, Canada, in a 10-round middleweight bout. The pay-per-view undercard telecast will open with undefeated University of Notre Dame champion MIKE LEE in a six-round light heavyweight bout against an opponent to be named soon. Continue reading