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Written Jake Wallwork

St Paddy's day in Madison Square Garden

                                        

This Saturday, the real middleweight champion of the world Sergio Martinez, will defend his WBC diamond middleweight title against Matthew Macklin. Macklin is considered a world champion by many, he lost his world title fight to Felix Sturm in Germany last year, but boxing fans saw him as the victim of a home-town decision.

So we have two uncrowned middleweight champions going head to head on St Paddy’s day. Macklin (the Irishman) will be the fans favourite in Madison Square Garden. But does he have what it takes to win?

Prediction

Darren Barker wasn’t given a chance to beat Sergio Martinez; Barker is better technically than Macklin, but people seem to give Macklin a good chance of beating Martinez. He is a tough guy, but I see Martinez being too much for him.

Martinez is an excellent counter puncher, has really fast hands and good power. I can see a late stoppage victory for ‘Maravilla.’

The only way I see Macklin winning is if Martinez has slowed down a lot since his last fight. If Martinez’s reflexes and hand speed aren’t as fast as they used to be then sure Macklin has a chance. But it’s a big ‘if.’

Punchbag blog picks Sergio Martinez to stop Matthew Macklin late in the fight.

What’s next for both fighters?

For Macklin, whether he wins or loses, I think his next fight could be against Darren Barker. A fight between Barker and Macklin will be massive if Macklin has just beat Martinez, but even if he loses this weekend, a lot of boxing fans will still be interested in Barker Vs Macklin.

If Martinez loses, I don’t know where he would go from there, a rematch with Macklin may be an option, and retirement may also come into consideration.

But if he wins, the fight he will be campaigning for is a fight with Chavez Jr. However I don’t think that fight will happen. I think it is a distinct possibility that Martinez fights Andy Lee (who is also promoted by Lou Di Bella.) And Di Bella has promised a big fight for Lee for quite some time now. Don’t be surprised if Martinez fights Irish Andy Lee next.

The under-card 

Andy Lee was scheduled to fight as the chief support for this fight card. Peter Quillin and Martin Murray were both talked about as likely opponents for Lee, but for whatever reason he couldn’t get a good fight and he was taken off the undercard.

Unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez takes on Don ‘Da Bomb’ George for ten scheduled rounds at super middleweight. Heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov who has an impressive record of thirteen wins and thirteen knockouts, fights fellow unbeaten heavyweight Jason Pettaway (eleven wins with eight knock-outs.) Both heavyweights have very high knockouts ratios and both desperately want to keep their unbeaten records. This should be an entertaining heavyweight fight, which probably won’t go the distance.

To sum up, I expect Sergio Martinez to win by knockout in an entertaining fight; I also expect the under-card fights to be very exciting. Next for Martinez might be a fight with Andy Lee, for Macklin a bout with Darren Barker might be next. Let’s hope for a memorable night of boxing on St Paddy’s day. Thanks for reading.