Saturday 20 January 2018

Boxing: Macklin's title bid falls short

Bernard O'Neill

For the third time in two years Matthew Macklin lost out in a tilt for a world title as he was brutally knocked out in the third round by defending IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in Connecticut.

The Irishman went down under a thunderous left hook to the body from the unbeaten Kazakh southpaw 1:22 into the round.

Referee Eddie Cotton administered a count, but it was a pointless exercise as Macklin was still on the floor long after it had expired.

Golovkin had dominated the first two rounds. Walking through most of his opponent's jabs, he opened a cut over Macklin's right eye with a sweeping right in the second.

Macklin opted to meet fire with fire from that point on but going toe-to-toe with the defending champion played right into the hands, quite literally, of the 2004 Olympic silver medalist.

"The shot he took me out with is one of my favourites. I've done many people with that one over the years, so I guess I was due one," said Macklin.

"He's the best I ever fought. He never really allowed me to get started. He has clubbing power and you can really feel the weight of every punch he throws."

Irish Independent

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