Matthew Macklin and Kell Brook boxing Preview
This weekend sees a return to some top-class boxing with two outstanding British Boxers entering the ring to take on classy opponents. Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, takes on three-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) of Germany for his WBA middleweight title.
Meanwhile the British welterweight title and the WBO Inter-continental title holder Kell "Kid" Brook (23-0, 16 KOs) takes on two time World Champion Lovemore ""Black Panther" Ndou (48-12-2, 31 KOs) at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield.
Bout betting: Kell Brook 1/33; Draw 33/1; Lovemore Ndou 10/1
Kell Brook goes into the contest as hot favourite against the 39-year-old Australian based South African Ndou. The odds may come to many as a surprise considering the pedigree of the two-time World Champ, who has given Miguel Cotto, Sharmba Mitchell, Paul Malinaggi and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez their hardest bouts. Not to mention the fact that Ricky Hatton was stripped of his IBF welterweight belt for deciding not to face Ndou.
It has been well publicized that the Sheffield fighter, Brook, is intent on ending Ndou's proud record of never being stopped as a professional fighter. That attitude could distract Brook, and give Lovemore his chance to exercise all his ring-craft and knowhow to out-wit the sometimes cocky "Nazim-Hamed" like Kell "Kid"Brook.
Brook will have the advantage of being in front of a partisan home crowd in Sheffield and if the exciting young prospect comes out convincingly from this bout it will be a massive signal to his manager Frank Warren that he is ready for bigger and better things, possibly even a world title match-up in the near future.
Whilst Brook has home advantage Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin has anything but. The former European middleweight champion faces a difficult trip to Cologne, knowing full well that he will have to put on an eye catching performance in order sway the judges.
Bout Betting: Felix Sturm 1/3; Draw 25/1; Matthew Macklin 9/4
29-year-old Irishman Macklin is up against it, but a win for Macklin would make it 50 fights unbeaten for his trainer Joe Gallagher, who has done some remarkable work since taking over former Ricky Hatton trainer Billy Graham's gym in Denton, Manchester.
If he beats the classy WBA middleweight champion, who is making his 10th title defense, Macklin will become the first ever world champion from Birmingham. It is a massive step up in class for him but being his first attempt, he is confident he can cause an upset against the German who lost in a controversial bout against Oscar De la Hoya in Las Vegas back in 2004.
All-in-all a fantastic night of boxing, hopefully the two Brits can produce and declare their arrival at the top end of their respective weight divisions. Plus, on this big night of Boxing, there's betting in the Tavoris Cloud 1/9 vs. Yusaf Mack 5/1 clash for the IBF Light Heavyweight Title. Enjoy!