The three times world title challenger and the former British, Irish and European champion Matthew Macklin has decided to hang up his boxing gloves. The Birmingham born British-Irish boxer has confirmed his retirement news to Sky Sports, though the middleweight superstar defeated Brian Rose in April.
Macklin with a 35-6 career record (22 Knock Outs), will be best remembered for his brutal, one of the fights of the decade with Jamie Moore in 2006 for the super-welterweight British title. The 33-year old boxer also challenged the world middle weight championship for three times in his 15-year long illustrious career, though he lost in every occasion and failed to land the coveted world title.
Macklin’s first shot at the world title was back in 2011, when he fought against Germany’s Felix Strum and many believed that the Brit was very unlucky to miss out the title on a split decision.
Macklin got his second chance to clinch the prestigious world champion belt in 2012 when Macklin was beaten by Sergio Martinez after 11 rounds on St Patrick’s Day at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Irishman’s third and final chance came in 2013, but he was beaten comprehensively by the reigning world champion Gennady Golovkin who thrashed Macklin with a powerful body shot in the third round.
Macklin’s final career match was against Brian Rose at the O2 Arena in London last month and Macklin, son of a Tipperary mother and Roscommon father overcame that challenge after a 12-round of fighting. Though there were speculations going on that Macklin will participate in the world title eliminator, but the boxer felt that is it and decided to make an end to his glorious career.
Macklin said to Sky Sports “Rose was a proper fight. 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 needed a certain amount of pressure to get up but I knew about round five that it was over. I knew, but I wanted to make sure. And I wanted to celebrate a win. I knew it would be my last night in the ring and it was fun – and I can’t always say that.”
Macklin also commented he was very happy with his career and though there are regrets that he could not win the World Title he was content with the European, British and Irish title. He said, “I hope people will remember I gave it my all, never shied away from a challenge, took on the best and fought them in their prime. Win lose or draw I went out on my shield and put everything on the line.”
When asked about his post retirement plans, Macklin, who is currently working as a pundit at Sky Sports said, he needs some time to sink in and enjoy the retirement period first and then he will devote himself in the media works and will breed and train the budding boxers in his brother’s gym.
“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. Now it is time to step back and let it sink in and cope with retirement.”