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Macklin hoping to end year on a Hie-land and wants to World title eliminator in Dublin this November

Matthew Macklin hopes to get over the lows of 2014 by fighting Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin this coming November.

‘Mack The Knife’ was due to fight Heiland in Dublin in August, but the National Stadium card was canceled after Macklin’s trainer Jamie Moore got injured.

The cancellation seemed indicative of the former Irish, British and European Champions year. A year in which he came close to securing a Felix Sturm rematch and saw a bout with Daniel Geale called of at the last minute.

‘A new chapter’ under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom didn’t make for great early reading either as an eagerly anticipated sold out August 30 show was also cancelled.

However, Macklin fights in Germany this weekend in an eight round contest and hopes to fight Heiland in a WBC World title eliminator in Ireland in November. And the three time World title challenger believes two victories will help him ensure 2015 is a much better year than 2014.

“After all the disappointments earlier in the year I was buzzing for the show in Dublin. We had some great press in Ireland and the show sold out in 15 minutes. So I was really excited about that and then Jamie got shot in the leg. It was the right thing to cancel the show.

“I am back in Manchester with Joe Gallagher now and I am just looking forward to the future. I am looking to get the win in Germany in an eight rounder. It is not confirmed yet, but we hope to fight in an eliminator with Hieland in Dublin in November,” said Macklin.

“So its win this this fight then win the eliminator, which is far from a foregone conclusion, but I would be confident I would beat Heiland, then that would set me up nicely going into next year, and just get this year behind me.”

“Eddie proves he delivers for his fighter and I believe if i keep winning he will win for me too.I know If i keep winning that world title shot will come and when it does I will win.”


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