Macklin set for Abraham v Smith undercard slot

Phil Jay 25/08/2014

Middleweight Matthew Macklin looks likely to appear on the undercard of Arthur Abraham’s super-middleweight title defence against Paul Smith, according to reports in Spain.

The Marbella-based Irishman was due to fight in Dublin on August 30 until a shooting incident put his trainer Jamie Moore out of action for between two and six months and the show was cancelled.

Macklin has since began working with old coach Joe Gallagher as he awaited a new date from co-promoter Eddie Hearn, with September 27 in Germany set to be the stage for the 32 year-old’s second comeback fight.

Losses to Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin in a thirteen month period on US soil had put Macklin in a precarious position on his quest to finally land a world title, but victory against Lamar Russ last December put him back on track.

Another win against a highly-ranked contender could well mean a fourth championship chance would be within reach, although next months fight is likely to be another warm-up for his rearranged Jorge Heiland fight in Ireland later this year.

Since opening his Marbella Gym, a return to Europe has always seemed a viable option for ‘Mack the Knife’ and the former European title holder should have his 36th pro bout confirmed for Kiel at some point this week.

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