Tuesday 27 September 2016

Former European champion and three-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin retires

Published 12/05/2016 | 14:55

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

Former Irish and European champion Matthew Macklin has decided to hang up his gloves.

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The Birmingham-born 33-year-old made the announcement today following a 15-year career in the ring.

The son of a Tipperary mother and Roscommon father came agonisingly close to winning a world title when he lost out in controversial circumstances on a split decision to Felix Sturm in June 2011 in Hamburg.

Renowned boxing journalist Gareth A Davies wrote at the time: "How WBA judges Roberto Ramirez and Jose Ignacio Martinez saw Macklin losing eight of the 12 rounds is a disgrace, and makes a mockery of what was a compelling world title fight."

On St Patrick's Day 2012, Macklin was stopped in the 11th round of hi fight with Sergio Martinez in Madison Squaer Garden.

His final attempt at a world title came against the undefeated Kazakhstan fighter Gennady Golovkin who stopped Macklin with a sickening body punch in the third round of their bout.

Golovkin remains unbeaten in his pro career.

Macklin'a last fight came at the O2 Arena in London last month when he recorded a victory on points over Brian Rose.

"Rose was a proper fight," he told Sky Sports.

"He's not Golovkin or Martinez but for me it was the right fight for me to finally make the decision. I knew it was going to come and it was the right way to go out, with a win at least.

"It was the perfect platform, the perfect stage and I knew if I didn't win that would be it - and even if I did win but struggle, that would be it.

"I knew it would be my last night in the ring and it was fun - and I can't always say that."

He retires with a record of 35 wins in his 41 fights - including 22 knockout victories - and says he will take some time to decide his next move.

“Now it is time to step back and let it sink in and cope with retirement.

"I will look into the media side of things of course, but first I have to go through that transition from fighting to retirement, then we'll see.”

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