Macklin defers decision on career future

Matthew Macklin after his 10th round stoppage defeat

Matthew Macklin after his 10th round stoppage defeat

A year to forget for Birmingham Irish middleweight Matthew Macklin ended with a shock defeat by Jorge Sebastian Heiland in the 3 Arena, Dublin on November 15. Ahead of arguably the most important fight in his thirteen-year career as a professional, the pride of Birmingham’s Irish community even admitted that losing was not an option and that his career might be on the line.

But it has since emerged that thirty-two old Matthew will take time out to reflect on his performances this year before deciding on his future possibly early in the New Year. Boxing in Dublin for the first time in five years, the huge crowd including many who travelled from Birmingham and other parts of the UK were left with a disappointing anti-climax to an otherwise entertaining evening’s boxing. Just before the Macklin bout, Irish fight fans were given a brief glimpse of possibly their next big Irish boxing star when London 2012 Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin made an explosive home debut against Jack Heath. It took just 1minute and 28 seconds to see off the 20 year old from Maidenhead.

Compelling contest at high pace

But while the main event produced a compelling contest it was soon evident that the home favourite clad in the national colours had his work cut out against a talented and very under-rated south-paw. Macklin was hoping to line up another crack at a middleweight belt, but after this latest set-back he will find it extremely difficult to rebuild his professional career after being halted in such dramatic fashion after just 42 seconds of the tenth round. Although it is believed that he claimed that has still got it to challenge for another world title his trademark punching power seemed to have deserved him against the Argentinian in Dublin.

“At this stage of my career I’m probably slightly slipping, I’m slightly slipping. I’ve got a lot of miles on the clock. I’m probably not quite what I was,” admitted Macklin. But the worrying aspect of his last fight was his ability to deal with the pace of the fight as well as the onset of tiredness midway through the bout.

Macklin’s high intensity style of combat also appears to be a thing of the past.

“I did expend much energy in the early part of the fight so if I do continue certainly that type of style will have to be adjusted and so I will need to be cuter and not such an action-packed boxer,” said Macklin.

Fall in rankings

But Macklin’s recent defeat has now meant his rankings have fallen and it could take three or four fights to get back within another world title attempt which may be up to two years away.

“I really think I’ve got what it takes in terms of skills and a tactical point of view and my hand speed and reflexes seem as good as ever but if the route back to where I was took another two years then I’ll have to think at this stage of my life and career do I have the hunger to go through all of that!”

After coming so close to winning a world title against Felix Sturm in Cologne in June 2011 it looks as if Matthew Macklin’s one last attempt at a dream world title bid is now finally over. Sadly it appears that some things in life and sport are just not meant to be but his career path since 1999 has given his many followers some great and memorable moments including his two world title fights in Cologne and Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. Lets hope 2015 will be a better one for Matthew Macklin.