Matchroom Sports have announced Matthew Macklin will headline their first show of the new season in Dublin on August 30, Sky Sports report.
The Irishman will team up with the British promotional giants to top the bill at the National Stadium in Dublin.
His opponent is yet to be announced, with a press conference in the coming weeks scheduled to confirm this as well as other undercard bouts.
“It’s been four years since I last boxed in the UK and five since I boxed in Ireland so I am really looking forward to boxing this side of the Atlantic again,” said Macklin.
“The National Stadium has always been a great traditional venue for Irish boxing and I think the atmosphere on August 30 will be electric.”
Eddie Hearn revealed his delight at having Macklin on board for a promotion: “I have been looking a bringing a big show to Dublin for some time and I am delighted to start a new era there for Matchroom Boxing.
“Matthew is a proven world-level fighter on the verge of another World title shot and I am delighted to also be working with our American partner Lou DiBella on making it happen.”
‘Mack the Knife’ is gunning for another world title shot after three failed attempts. Losses to Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin, all in different circumstances, have seen him slip down the pecking order at 160lbs.
The Sturm defeat was generally considered a rough, hometown decision against the Irishman, but losses in the other two world title challenges were certainly more conclusive.
Since losing to Golvokin in June 2013, he has fought just once and saw a prospective clash with Daniel Geale fall through, with the Australian instead opting to take on the Kazakh star on July 26.
Despite still having a large fan base across the United Kingdom, Macklin hasn’t fought on these shores since 2010, a successful defence of his European crown. His last bout in Ireland came in 2009, also at the National Arena in a straightforward points victory against Rafael Sosa Pintos.
Hearn confirmed that Olmypic heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua will appear on the undercard, while a bitter Irish rivalry between Anthony Fitzgerald and Gary O’Sullivan gives the things a local flavour.
Joshua’s opponent will be Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, a 39-year-old Ukranian who took another English heavyweight in David Price ten rounds four weeks ago.
Ticket information will be released at the press conference.
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