This past weekend middleweight Matthew Macklin looked to catapult himself towards another world title shot with victory over Argentinean Jorge Sebastian Heiland but instead looks at the brink of retirement.
Macklin aged 32 now holds a record of 31 wins and 6 losses. His chances of another world title shot are left shattered following his tenth round stoppage loss in front of a good Irish crowd in Dublin.
Macklin has been in so many exciting and tough fights in his 13 year career and it has taken its toll on the him. Fights with the likes of Jamie Moore, Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin and others have finally caught up with the brave Macklin.
Heiland proved too strong
Heiland just appeared to be able to manhandle Macklin and walk through his best shots without ever being hurt. His work-rate was phenomenal and he just kept pushing Macklin back and forcing him to work at a pace which he wasn’t comfortable to do.
Macklin began to look tired as the contest continued with his feet looking sluggish and his punches looking to have lost some of their earlier snap. Macklin gave everything that he had left in the tank and he deserves full credit for doing so but he just couldn't match his younger, fresher opponent on the night.
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Macklin had the odd moment of success and showed good resistance, but Heiland was the man in clear control of the fight and ended the bout with a brutal left-right combination.
Macklin was in absolute bits and had no chance of recovering from the shots. The referee ended the fight there and then and was more than right to do so.
Will Macklin consider retirement
For Macklin the prospect of retirement seems the most likely now with a chance of gaining that elusive world title now further away than ever. He can look back on a very good career but he will always do so knowing that he could have been a world champion.
Back in 2011 he faced off with German Felix Sturm and put on a very good performance, so good in fact that the German television channel had Macklin winning. Unfortunately for Macklin the ringside judges saw the fight another way and gave Sturm a controversial split decision victory.
Macklin will always believe that he was robbed that night and that he had his dreams unfairly stolen from him. This will prove a tough pill to swallow but he still has so much to be proud of in his career.
Series of wars have taken their tolls
He owns the MGM Gym in Marbella which is becoming a bit of a household name with British fighters and through its sponsorship deal with IFL TV and he is a very astute man having studied Law at University.
Macklin will always be remembered fondly for his all-action style and hugely entertaining fights but now looks to be the right time to call it a day. It was sad to see him crumpled on the floor and with his dream of a world title seemingly over the determination to carry on boxing would likely not be there anymore.
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