Matthew Macklin’s Birmingham return in May

Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham again after an absence of five years

Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham again after an absence of five years

Birmingham Irish boxers Matthew Macklin and Frankie ‘Funtime’ Gavin will be part of attractive Matchroom promotion at the NIA on 9 May. After recently signing a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, Frankie Gavin will headline the show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham that will also be televised live on Sky Sports.

But World rated Middleweight Matthew Macklin will also be boxing in his home town for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from his disappointing defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin’s 3 Arena last November. Now than Andy Lee holds a coveted world title the incentive could not be greater for Matthew Macklin to re-launch his bid for another crack at a world title, preferably in an All-Irish clash with the Limerick Olympian.

Matchroom’s first major show in Brum in 13 years

It’s the first major show in the second city for Matchroom Sport for 13 years since Nigel Benn and Prince Naseem Hamed featured on a bill in May 1992, and Hearn is delighted to be bringing big-time boxing back to Birmingham.

“I can’t wait to get going with Matchroom,” said Gavin. “I don’t think many people have seen me fight recently but I am back in Birmingham and back on Sky Sports and the sky is the limit.

“The fight against Kell Brook is the aim for me. I am number five in the IBF rankings and he is the champion, hopefully by the end of the year or the start of 2016 I can fight him for the title.

“You’ve got Matthew, the Yafai brothers and Sam on the May 9 bill already – we’re all from different parts of Birmingham and we’re all going to bring great support to the shows, there’s going to be space for a lot of young local lads to get on the bill and make a name for themselves so it’s great news for boxing in Birmingham.”

Meanwhile Eddie Hearn also said how excited they were to sign the Birmingham boxer also with Tipperary roots like Matthew Macklin. “Frankie has long been one of the most talented fighters in the country and now it’s time to shine. I haven’t seen him smile for a long time and now it’s ‘Funtime’; time to enjoy his career, the exposure and the big lights. Frankie will defend one of his three titles on the huge Kell Brook card on March 28 at Sheffield Arena and then headline at the NIA in Birmingham on May 9. I have lost count of the number of tweets and messages I have had asking us to come to Birmingham and now the waiting is over!”

Tickets will go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members on Monday February 16 and on general sale the following day – further information on prices will be released soon.