This weekend sees the return of MGM’s very own Matthew Macklin to the ring; he is fighting in a highly anticipated match on Saturday night in Birmingham. Macklin is up against Ferenc Albert and he has already set his sights higher. He needs to win on Saturday to be in with a chance of pressing forward for his next world title fight, and he has identified WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee.
“Andy and I fighting for a world title would be massive,” Macklin said “Obviously I need to get back in there and get winning to be in line for a huge fight with him. I’d love to fight Danny Jacobs for his WBA title too.” A victory on Saturday could pave the way and both Macklin and trainer Jamie Moore are working hard to make him a contender. This is his first fight since he was defeated against Sebastian Heiland in Dublin in November and he is aware of its importance, “It is must-win on Saturday. I cannot afford to lose at this stage of my career and coming off the last loss. It is an eight rounder but it is potentially the fight before a big, big fight. There is a lot at stake.”
But Matthew is looking forward to boxing in Birmingham again, the first time for a while, “It is great to be out in Birmingham. I haven’t boxed in England, never mind Birmingham, since 2010, so it has been a long time and I am looking forward to it. It is great that there is a big show coming to Birmingham and I am excited to be a part of it.” Matthew isn’t the only MGM fighter in action, Michael Rooney will be hoping to remain undefeated against lightweight Ismail Anwar (5,6,0).
The fight is on the same bill as Matthew’s fight in The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. Rooney has been putting in the effort and is confident of a win, “I’ve had some top spars up and down the country,” he said “ This fight is a step up for me as the opponent has a 50/50 record, I’m going to showcase my skills and expect a win”. Both fights can be seen live on Saturday Fight Night from 7.30pm GMT on Sky Sports 2HD.