JAMIE Moore believes Matthew Macklin will light up Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein with frustration fused fireworks on Saturday night.
Macklin gets takes on Jose Yebes after suffering an unfortunate sequence of events not seen since Lemony Snicket in 2014. The Irish middleweight has seen a Dublin homecoming cancelled, as well as fight with Daniel Geale both after coming close to securing a Felix Sturm revenge mission.
Moore, who was training Macklin up and until he was injured in Spain recently, believes his fellow former Irish champion and opponent in a fight of the decade winner will use his frustration to fuel an impressive performance on the undercard of Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith’s World title fight.
“I think we will see an explosive performance from him. He is going to take those frustrations out on him,” Moore said of the fighter, who hopes to contest a World title eliminator in Dublin in November, when speaking to Sky Sports.
“I spoke to Matt just before he flew out to Germany and everything has been going really well, working with Joe Gallagher again and all the lads in that gym. He just wants to get back in the ring because he hasn’t boxed yet this year. He’s had a late replacement but the Spaniard Jose Yebes (12-5-1) has never been stopped and while I hope – and believe – he will beat him, it gives Matt the chance to get some rounds under the belt before he goes into a world title eliminator.
“I had been working on that jab with him which is often ignored and the fact that him and Joe have worked well before,