Boxing - Macklin versus Golovkin confirmed for June 29 in Connecticut

Matthew 'Mack the Knife' Macklin (29-4) versus undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (26-0) has been confirmed for Saturday June 29 at the MGM Grand Theatre in Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

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Macklin versus Golovkin confirmed for June 29 in Connecticut

The world title bout is promoted by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised in the US on HBO.

Macklin, 30, is currently ranked 3 by the WBC, 11 by the WBA, and 14 by the IBF. In March last year, he was competitive against middleweight maestro Sergio Martinez, scoring a knockdown in the 7th round before eventually retiring in the 11th. In September, Macklin stopped former WBA light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine inside a round.

Mack the Knife stated: “Golovkin hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He’s destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he’s probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now.”

“People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he’s going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight.

“When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin’s last three opponents, it’s clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win.”

Macklin's promoter Lou DiBella said: “Golovkin-Macklin is one of the very best fights that can be made in the middleweight division and all of boxing. It figures to be a barnburner and we are thrilled that Matthew is getting another deserved opportunity at a world title.”

Germany-based Kazakh Golovkin, 31, is a fearsome puncher with a high knock out ratio. He has yet to box past ten rounds.

Golovkin said:  “I’m excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th,” said Golovkin. “I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is.”

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