Macklin heads down to 154 for the first time since Moore clash

Phil Jay 18/08/2015

Former three-time world middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin is set to move down the six necessary pounds to make the super welterweight limit – nine years after his last foray at the weight against Jamie Moore.

The 33 year-old, who lost to Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin in failed attempts to claim the championship at 160lbs, will boil down for his recently announced fight with Jason Welborn (picture by Matchroom) in Birmingham.

Macklin faces Welborn on October 17 in Birmingham following a warm-up fight in Marbella on August 28. ‘Mack the Knife’ has based himself at the sunny resort since opening his MGM Marbella gym there and has been making big waves since signing a host of British prospects to his roster.

Right now though, the Irishman is concentrating on his own career, although a move down at this stage of his career is questionable and it will be interesting to see how it pans out against Midlands champion Welborn. The Tividale man. 29, shouldn’t be too much trouble for Macklin if the seasoned campaigner has enough left in the tank to carve out another world title chance as Welborn makes the maiden defence of the belt he defended against Ryan Aston in June.

For Macklin, a recent damaging loss to Jorge Heiland had threatened to put the brakes on his career completely in November of last year and the fighter knows another defeat could mean the end of his near fifteen-year ring stint.

In 2006, Macklin successfully made 154lbs for his epic clash with UK rival Moore, which the former two-time European champion lost via a tenth round knockout and immediately moved up to 160lbs.

Macklin v Welborn is part of an eye-catching bill promoted by Matchroom boxing and sees Brummie favourites Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington battle it out for hometown pride at the Barclaycard Arena.