Macklin knows that his career is in jeopardy against Heiland

Matthew Macklin-BoxingMatthew Macklin and internet bookmakers are aware that the fighter’s career in the sport is in jeopardy when he squares off with Jorge Sebastian Heiland on Saturday night in Dublin.

The fighter is set to face the middleweight from Argentina at the 3Arena in what will be an eliminator for the WBC world title, and said that for this clash, the risk factor could not be bigger in his first meeting on Irish ground since December of 2009, when he last fought there.

“It’s the fight I need at this stage and if I cannot beat him, then that’s it really,” said the 32-year-old.

“I know I will beat him and it will set me up for a big 2015 where a world title shot will definitely come about.

“He knows that beating me is a massive scalp and it throws him into the limelight and he’ll probably get a world title shot.

“At this stage of my career having won the European title, Irish Title, British title, boxed in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden and in world title fights, I wouldn’t be putting in what I am putting in and making the sacrifices I am making if I didn’t think I could become a world champion.

“Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world, but I am confident I could beat any of the other fighters in the division, but I have to get past Heiland who is a serious fighter. He’s never been stopped and a couple of losses he has had, he has gone on to avenge them.”

If Macklin is able to beat Heiland, he’ll be a very eager spectator when compatriot Andy Lee faces Matt Korobov to try to clinch the empty WBO title in their showdown on December 13 in Las Vegas – a fight that internet bookmakers all over the world would really like to see.

Macklin is rating the chances that Lee has against the Russian fighter, and he hopes that a couple of wins for the Irish pair will be able to lead to a massive clash at home, as he’s also has Martin Murray in his sights.

“Andy has a good chance against Matt,” said the fighter. “Matt is a counterpunching southpaw and quite technical, Andy is a technical boxer too and I think Matt will give Andy time and I think he’s a class act when he has time.

“It’s not out of the question that Andy can win the fight and him having a world title would be that extra ingredient for a fight between us, which would be a massive fight anyway.

“I’ll be rooting for Andy for selfish reasons but also for him too as he’s flying the flag for Irish boxing and he’s a good lad too.

“There’s a bit of needle between Martin and I and it’s a fight that has been talked about for a while. We’ve both boxed Sturm and Martinez. He’s proven, well respected and rightly so, as am I.

“I think beating Heiland would put me at number two in the WBC, Martin is number one but he’s got Golovkin next. So down the line, it’s very likely they would sanction a final eliminator.

“My career doesn’t revolve around Andy Lee or Martin Murray though. I have to take the biggest and best fight out there for me, as will they.

“To be world champion is my ultimate goal, if it means fighting them to get there then so be it.”