Macklin: ‘Me and Haye will do job in Germany’
Matthew Macklin says he and David Haye will return from Germany triumphant over the coming fortnight as both men attempt to wrest world titles from longstanding champions in the Central European country.
Macklin kicks off proceedings with his contest against Felix Sturm for his WBA middleweight title in Cologne this weekend. And then Haye follows up a week later in a unification super-fight with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.
And having been friends since their amateur days, Macklin revealed he plans to go into the lion’s den and take the fight to Sturm just like Haye did when he unified the cruiserweight titles and claimed the WBA heavyweight crown.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the biggest fight of his life Macklin said, ‘Me and David go back a long way. I actually draw a lot of inspiration from him.
‘He’s been to Paris to beat Jean-Marc Mormeck, Germany to beat [Nikolai] Valuev and now he’s going back there to face Klitschko. That’s pretty much what I’ve got to do with Sturm, go into the lion’s den as it were. '
Macklin added, ‘Me, Carl Froch and David were, back in 2001, the three amateurs everyone wanted to sign. They both won medals at the World Championships in Belfast, I actually missed them through injury, but had won the ABA’s that year.
‘They were a little bit older than me but because of my amateur style, we were put in the same bracket. They of course, turned pro and won their world titles, but I’ve still got plenty of time left.’