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Macklin: Lee showdown will happen
21 Oct 2014 15:03
Matthew Macklin is certain he and fellow Irishman Andy Lee will finally square up in the ring next year, but first the former European middleweight champion has to take care of business when he faces Jorge Sebastian Heiland in a WBC world middleweight title eliminator clash in Dublin next month.
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Birmingham-born Macklin fights Heiland at The 3Arena on 15 November for the chance to meet Puerto Rico’s WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.
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A month later Lee has a WBO world title fight against champion Matt Korborov.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, 32-year-old Macklin said a showdown with Limerick southpaw Lee was not dependent on the outcome of Lee’s fight against Korborov.
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“The time’s getting a lot closer for the fight needing to happen. He’s fighting Korborov for the world title in December and I’m bringing big-time boxing back to Ireland here at the 3Arena.
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“So if Lee wins, yes we’ll fight, and if he doesn’t win then it is still a big fight, so I think the time’s getting close.
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“I think early next year or the middle of next year the fight will happen.”
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The immediate focus though is the challenge of Argentine southpaw Heiland, which Macklin concedes is a win-or-bust bout.
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“This is it now. If I was to lose to someone like Heiland at this stage of my career that would be it for me.
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“But I’m not even contemplating retirement because I’m fully sure, fully confident of winning and moving on to another crack at a world title.
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“There’s still a few chapters left in this story.”
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