Birmingham’s Matthew Macklin appeared desperately unfortunate not to elope with Felix Sturm’s title when the pair collided in Cologne last June. The split decision in Sturm’s favour invoked major media dissent, even within the German press.
WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm and challenger Sebastian Zbik both made weight for their title clash tonight at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, live on BoxNation (Sky 456, Virgin 546).
Both fighters looked to be in excellent shape as Sturm came in at a trimmed and ready 159.32 lbs while Zbik weighed in at 159.84 lbs for the grudge match of Groves-DeGale proportions that has been brewing in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middleweight contender Martin Murray has revealed that he would love a domestic dust up with fellow title contender Darren Barker but believes the Londoner’s promotion team is not serious about making it happen.
British heavyweight David Price could feature on the undercard of Matthew Macklin’s world title tilt against Sergio Martinez in Madison Square Garden on March 17, according to his promoter Frank Maloney.
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.