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Matthew Macklin back on track as Lamar Russ beaten on points

Updated: Sunday, 08 Dec 2013 18:06 | Comments

Matthew Macklin had lost three of last four fights
Matthew Macklin had lost three of last four fights

Matthew Macklin returned to winning ways and gave himself renewed hope of a fourth world title shot after a points victory over Lamar Russ in their middleweight encounter last night. 

The Birmingham-born Irishman recorded a unanimous points victory over the American in Atlantic City with the three judges scoring the fight 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93 in Macklin's favour. 

Mackin had lost three of his last four fights including world title challenges to Alex Sturm and the hard-hitting Gennady Golovkin as well as the premier middleweight Sergio Martinez.

His sole victory in the last three years was a one-round blowout of Joachim Alcine last September.

But despite not being at his best, he was always in control against Russ who was a late replacement for the injured Willie Nelson.

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