Matthew Macklin has said he would love to fight Andy Lee for the world title, and that a fight between the two in Dublin “would be massive”.
Birmingham-born Irish fighter Macklin boxes in the city on Saturday, against Hungarian Ferenc Albert, for the first time in five years, and says he must bounce back in style from his defeat against Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin in November to land a world title shot.
The 32-year-old says he is aiming to prove he still has plenty to offer at the top level and can land World title fights against Irish rival and WBO champion Lee or WBA champion Danny Jacobs.
“I’d love to fight Andy Lee or Danny Jacobs for the World title,” said Macklin.
“Jacobs defended his World title last week and he is a name I have been linked with before so we’d jump at that.
“Andy and I fighting for a World title in Dublin or Birmingham would be massive. Obviously he’s out injured at the moment so I need to get back in there and get winning to be in line for a huge fight with him.
“I probably have to travel to fight Jacobs, but if I can go and win it and become World champion then I am in the driving seat and can bring the fights to Birmingham or to Dublin but initially I would probably have to go to the States.
“It is great to be out in Birmingham. I haven’t boxed in England, never mind Birmingham, since 2010, so it has been a long time and I am looking forward to it. It is great that there is a big show coming to Birmingham and I am excited to be a part of it.
“It is must-win on Saturday; I cannot afford to lose at this stage of my career and coming off the last loss. It is an eight rounder but it is potentially the fight before a big, big fight. There is a lot at stake.”