Likeable Irishman Matthew Macklin heads into his third world title challenge at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods tonight facing up to the distinct possibility of yet another disappointment on foreign soil.
The 31 year-old, who never shirks opposing the more dangerous fighters in the middleweight division, will attempt to halt the wrecking ball that is WBA and IBO king Gennady Golovkin, a big-punching champion with an almost 90% KO rate through 26 bouts.
After spirited losses to Felix Sturm in Germany and then Sergio Martinez on US soil, many baulked at the announcement of the match-up with Golovkin as Macklin hopes to claim the sports top prize the hardest way possible.
Macklin must be commended for his considerable bottle, but whether that will ultimately pay-off may not be found out tonight as the 9/2 underdog stares down the barrel of a fifth career loss and a potential third stoppage.
Golovkin, also 31, granted has not faced the best opposition en route to the higher echelons of 160, as it is more the manner of the victories that has the media storm surrounding the Kazakhstani whipped into a frenzy every time he laces up the gloves.
Most, if not all are expecting a crushing victory for Golovkin – in equal measure to the usual brave effort from the dogged Macklin, with the fight certainly not expected to last the full 36 minutes allotted in Connecticut.
The late rounds for Golovkin may be where the smart money is being laid with the bookies, although there could also be one or two chin-testing times handed to the double belt holder for the first time in his career by the challenger.