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Mack ready for third tilt at title

BRITISH-IRISH middleweight Matthew Macklin will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky in his bid to win a world title when he takes on unbeaten WBA champion Gennady Golovkin next month.

The Birmingham brawler suffered a contentious split decision defeat against Germany's Felix Sturm in 2011 and was stopped inside 11 rounds by Argentinian southpaw Sergio Martinez the following year.

Many wrote off Macklin's career but he subsequently rebounded with a stunning first round knockout of Joachim Alcine.

That victory has propelled him to a June 29 date with Golovkin, which could potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with WBC title-holder and the de facto champion at 160lb, Martinez.

Macklin (29-4, 20 KO's) is not overawed by Golovkin's awesome punching power. "Golovkin is there to be hit," said Macklin. "With Martinez, it can be very hard to land cleanly on him. With Golovkin, he is very dangerous, but he is right there in front of you."