Martinez stops Macklin in the 11th

Sergio Martinez stopped Matthew Macklin in the 11th round at Madison Square Garden in New York after what many are regarding as the toughest test of his reign so far.

The Birmingham fighter made life continually uncomfortable for the Argentinian, but he was knocked down twice in the 11th, causing his camp to withdraw their man.

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Martinez vs Macklin weigh-in pictures

Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin made weight for their St Patrick’s Day middleweight dust up yesterday at Madison Square Garden in front of a lively Irish crowd.

Both fighters scaled comfortably inside the 160-pound limit with WBC diamond champion Martinez coming in ripped and ready at 157.5lbs while challenger Macklin was a touch heavier at 158lbs.

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Macklin: ‘I’ve got Seamus and Paddy with me’

Matthew Macklin has dubbed his fists ‘Seamus and Paddy’ ahead of his St Patrick’s Day middleweight title challenge against WBC diamond champion Sergio Martinez.

Speaking at the final press conference, Irishmen Macklin said it was his destiny to defeat the man he called the ‘real middleweight champion’ 18-years to the day he first laced a pair of gloves.

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Martinez vs Macklin media workout pictures

WBC middleweight diamond champion Sergio Martinez and challenger Matthew Macklin came together at sports store Modell’s in Times Square for a media workout ahead of the St Patrick’s Day dust up at Madison Square Garden this weekend, live on Sky Sports.

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Martinez vs Macklin fighter’s thoughts

WBC middleweight diamond champion Sergio Martinez and challenger Matthew Macklin preview their St Patrick’s Day showdown on March 17 at New York’s Madison Square Garden…

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WBC releases statement on Chavez Jr vs Martinez

The World Boxing Council has released a statement approving middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Champion Emeritus Sergio Martinez to meet next if they come through their respective bouts in the coming months.

Macklin to face Martinez on St Patrick’s Day

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin has got his dream fight with a world title challenge against Sergio Martinez for the WBC belt on March 17 at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.