Macklin: This is a new beginning and an End to the Civil War in Irish boxing

Mathew Macklin has stated his belief that the ‘New Beginnings’ show in the National Stadium on Saturday really can herald in a new golden age of Irish boxing.

The old adage is that boxing is a business rather than a sport, and many Irish boxers have suffered due to politics stemming from the competition between managers, gyms and fighters on the Island. Macklin however, with his burgeoning MGM promotional outfit have vowed to “get rid of politics” for the good of Irish boxing.

Macklin, of course, is still a fighter, and is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions and Sky television – but the Tipperary Tornado has ventured into the promotional game with MGM Promotions who work in collaboration with Boxnation. The Birmingham-born man is adamant that this is not a problem, and that this arrangement is good for Irish boxing which “needs to be united.”

With MGM at the forefront, Macklin believes that the problems of inactivity, promotional wrangles, Irish stable issues and disappointment, that are resultant of a so-called “civil war” in boxing can be solved. For the sake of Irish boxing he has called for all involved to “stop trying to block each other, let’s get behind each other so we can push the whole thing [Irish boxing] forward.”

This new beginning starts on Saturday.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie