Matthew Macklin believes a dazzling performance on his Las Vegas debut will help set up another chance at world title glory, as he puts the finishing touches to his preparation for Saturday night’s encounter against Canadian Joachim Alcine.
The Irish middleweight has fallen just short of claiming a world title on two occasions, losing a contentious split decision against Felix Sturm last year, before suffering a late stoppage against Argentina’s Sergio Martinez in March.
Macklin will fight on the undercard of Martinez’s eagerly-anticipated clash with WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Victory against Alcine at the sold at the sold-out Thomas & Mack Center could see the Birmingham-born pugilist line up a shot at the winner of the main event early next year.
“My fight with Martinez was an entertaining one, it was a good fight and was very close,” said Macklin.
“With a good performance here I think it will land me another world title shot. I think that's probably a lot of the reason they've got me on this card - they're laying down the next opponent.”
“I was ahead when I fought against Martinez – I was three up on one card going into the 11th and only a round down on the other two but he put me down twice. He didn’t stop me, my trainer stopped the fight.
“If Chavez was to win it I think stylistically, that would suit me more. But either way I'd like to have a crack at the winner.”