Matthew Macklin back on track after Birmingham victory

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

Matthew Macklin returned to winning ways in Birmingham on Saturday night after stopping Sandor Micsko in the second round of their encounter.

It was a good result for Macklin as he has lost in his last outing to Jorge Heilandin Dublin in November 2014.

That night against Heiland, Macklin looked everyone of his 32 years as he was stopped by Heiland in the 10th round.

But Saturday night’s victory has got Macklin back on track.

“It was nice to get a win and in Birmingham, I haven’t boxed here for six years.

“I think last year I probably trained the hardest that I’ve ever trained in my life and very little rest through one thing or another.

“Dates kept getting put back, no-one’s fault that’s boxing it happens, but by the time I fought in November, I had trained so hard, for so long, the body was just tired.

“On the night of the fight, I felt old and I’m past it, the long career has taken its toll because for the first four rounds against Heiland I felt in control could see everything he was doing but after four rounds I just felt like there was nothing there.

“The only thing I could put it down to, was either a long career taking its toll or I was over-trained, jaded from being in the gym all year.

“When I analysed everything and had a good rest, didn’t’ rush the decision and thought about everything, I thought it was very, very possible, most likely that I was just burnt out.

“So bearing in mind that you are retired a long time, I don’t want a year down the line thinking ‘argh it was that, let’s come back’ I’d rather know now.

“So I had a good rest and spoke to Eddie Hearn and there are plenty of options.”

Meanwhile Jamie McDonnell survived an early knockdown to successfully defend his WBA bantamweight title in a narrow points victory over Japan’s Tomoki Kameda in Texas on Saturday night.

The result condemned Kameda to a first defeat in 32 professional fights and McDonnell admitted he felt it would be tough to get a decision outside of the British Isles.

“I felt in control all the way through. It was a great performance. I know I should have just boxed but I wanted to fight,” he said.

“I didn’t think I was going to get the decision being abroad, but it’s more than spectacular to come out of here victorious. He’s a great, undefeated champion.”

Scotland’s Ricky Burns was also fighting on the same card and suffered a unanimous points loss to undefeated American Omar Figueroa.

“We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I didn’t agree with the deductions for holding/

“We moved up in weight for this one but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn’t want to jeopardise my chance to fight in America.”