The Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is the site for Saturday night’s WBA middleweight title fight between the champion, Gennady Golovkin and the challenger, Matthew Macklin. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark with an expected start time of 9:45 pm Eastern. Let’s look at the bout and boxing predictions.
Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 knockouts)
The WBA champion will be looking to run his record to a perfect 27-0 on Saturday night. “I’m excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th,” said Golovkin. “I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is.” Golovkin is a heavy favorite in boxing odds to win this bout on Saturday night.
Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 knockouts)
Macklin has fought some tough opponents but he is 0-2 in big title fights, losing to Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez. This fight against Golovkin will be another big test but Macklin is ready. “Golovkin hasn’t put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He’s destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he’s probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now,” said Macklin. “When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin’s last three opponents, it’s clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win.”
Golovkin is unbeaten and he has been hyped up as a great fighter but he hasn’t beaten anyone of note. Macklin is a tough fighter who should at least tell us whether or not Golovkin is worth all the hype. Macklin said that he doesn’t expect the fight to go the distance so taking the rounds under might be a good choice on Saturday night.