Matthew Macklin will face the unbeaten Gennady Golovkin in a bout for the WBA and IBO world middleweight titles at the Foxwoods resort in Connecticut on 29 June.
Known for his heavy hands and brutal knockouts and sporting a perfect record of 26-0-0 with 23 knockouts, Golovkin has quickly become one of the the most talked-about fighters in the sport. His 88% knockout ratio ranks highest among active world champions.
Based in Germany, and training under the watchful eye of Abel Sanchez in California, Golovkin dramatically burst on to the US boxing scene when he dispatched Grzegorz Proksa in a fifth-round stoppage in New York.
He followed that up with a dominating seventh-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado in January at Madison Square Garden.
Most recently, Golovkin recorded a third-round knockout of former world title challenger Nobuhiro Ishida on 30 March in Monte Carlo.
Macklin’s two previous world title shots ended in defeat to Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez.
"People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else" - Matthew Macklin, who will face the unbeaten Gennady Golovkin, is already talking a good fight
Golovkin will bring a healthy level of respect for his opponent to Foxwoods, saying: “Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on 29 June."
"I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is."
Macklin is all too aware of the magnitude of the task he faces and said: “Golovkin hasn't put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He's destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he's probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now.
"People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he's going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight.
"When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin's last three opponents, it's clear who the proven entity is going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win."