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Macklin targets Cotto after Dublin
30 Oct 2014 17:05
Matthew Macklin believes he could challenge WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto next if he can see off Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena on 15 November.
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Macklin meets WBC International champion Heiland in an eliminator for Cotto’s crown, with the winner gunning for Cotto who ripped the title from Sergio Martinez.
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While Macklin's focus must remain on the dangerous Argentine, the former European champion admits that the carrot of challenging Cotto has him dreaming of a return to the Big Apple or even an outdoor spectacular in Dublin.
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“Cotto is such a big draw in New York City at Madison Square Garden, but if you can do 60,000 people at Croke Park then the economics of the fight change,” said Macklin.
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“If the fight captures the imagination and sells out a stadium, you can bring anyone, anywhere. That's the dream.
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“Challenging Cotto in New York would be an incredible experience – to face someone of his stature there. But that's a lot of wins to put together first.”
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If Macklin can do the job against Heiland then Andy Lee’s clash with Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO belt in December will also come into the equation.
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Lee travels to Las Vegas to tackle the unbeaten Russian and Macklin will be a very interested spectator.
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“I think Andy has got a good chance,” said Macklin. “Styles make fights and Korobov is a technical counter-punching southpaw.
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"He'll give Andy room and time and Andy performs better if he's allowed that, he's a class act.
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"If he can win that then me and Andy fighting for the world title is massive. It's a huge fight anyway but a world title is that key element.
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"I'll be rooting for him for selfish reasons but also because he's flying the flag for Irish boxing too and he's a good lad, so I hope he does the business for himself and also as it sets up a potential fight for us.”
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Macklin tops the bill in Dublin with a pair of grudge matches between Michael Sweeney and Ian Tims at cruiserweight and Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald at middleweight.
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Featherweight contenders Patrick Hyland and John Simpson target British, European and Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington after their clash, while there is a first home-town fight for former amateur star John Joe Nevin.
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Kal Yafai defends his Commonwealth Super Flyweight crown, while unbeaten Dubliners Declan Geraghty and Luke Keeler are also on the card.
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