Macklin ready to shock Golovkin
Matthew Macklin (29-4) has warned Gennady Golovkin (26-0) to expect the toughest fight of his career in Saturday's middleweight world title clash at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut, live on Sky Sports 1.
Macklin, 31 will target a world belt for a third time when he challenges big pucnhing Golovkin for his WBA strap.
The British/Irish fighter was defeated in his last two title shots against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez but displayed a battling sprit on both occasions and believes he is better prepared than Golovkin for a gruelling war.
"I'm a lot smarter than I look as I showed in the Sergio fight, I can adapt and box and be smart when I have to be and when the going gets tough, the tough do get going," said Macklin.
"When it's gruelling in there he will never have been in there with anyone like me, that wants it has much as me, that's prepared to dig as deep as I am. That's going to be a massive factor for me."
The unbeaten Golovkin has a reputation as a ferocious puncher, with 23 knockouts in his 26 wins, and is considered one of the hottest talents in the sport.
Golovkin, also 31, has already fought twice this year,stopping Gabriel Rosado in the 7th, and then last time out he destroyed Nobuhiro Ishida in three.
"I want to fight the best and I want to fight all the time. This is my dream, so I have to keep going," said the Kazakh.
"Macklin's strength's are his power and handspeed, but his weakness against me is that he is a warrior and will want to stand and fight."
Macklin is far more than just a gutsy brawler, his skills and immense should keep him in the fight for a while but Golovkin, while more economical, should prove efficient and inflict the greater damage.
Macklin may be fortunate to have garnered three world title shots in his career but the calibre of champion opposing him each time negates any suggestion of the luck of the Irish.