Macklin could challenge Golovkin in June

02/04/2013 15:57

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin has been given an offer to challenge unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his title in June.

Golovkin (26-0) defeated Nobuhiro Ishida by a 3rd round knockout on Saturday night at the Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

This fight looks a tall order for Macklin (26-4), with Golovkin looking so good in flattening Ishida, who had never previously been stopped, with a single right hand that left him knocked clean out, taking his record to 23 knockouts.

Another concern is inactivity, because Macklin hasn't fought since last September, when he stopped Joachim Alcine in a round, having nose surgery to repair a problem that kept him out of the ring. Before that Macklin hadn't fought since being stopped in 11 rounds by Sergio Martinez in March 2012. Which means that Macklin will have only fought once in 15 months by the time he enters the ring in June to face Golovkin. 

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr was most recently another option for Macklin to fight, but that now seems to have passed with Chavez Jr looking at facing Darren Barker in June instead.