Matthew Macklin, the middleweight boxer with Roscommon connections, will fight for the World WBA title this Saturday night in Cologne, Germany against the current WBA belt holder, Felix Sturm.
Matthew Macklin's trainer Joe Gallagher wants Macklin to adopt Marvelous Marvin Hagler's mantra of "Mean, Moody, Magnificent" as he bids to upset long-reigning WBA champion Sturm at a sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne on Saturday.
Macklin touched down in Germany on Sunday to fulfil a week of media obligations ahead of a fight which is being broadcast live in the UK and Ireland, Germany and the USA with an TV audience of almost 10 million expected in Germany alone. The fight is also being shown live in Times Square, New York.
Matthew Macklin believes the fight could prove a fight of the year contender, "I think it has all the makings of a thrilling fight," said the 29-year-old challenger whose father hails from Four Roads.
"Felix says he's going to start fast and if he does then I'm happy to meet fire with fire and it could be a classic. Obviously I'm the challenger, the away fighter and the underdog so my back is against the wall, but that's when I'm at my best. I've waited so long and worked so hard for this chance and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I will be leaving the ring with that world title belt on Saturday night” he concluded.