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Darren Barker beats Simone Rotolo to win IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title

Barker makes light work of Rotolo to take middleweight title at Wembley Arena

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Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

23:10 GMT, 9 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:15 GMT, 10 March 2013

Darren Barker secured a routine victory over Simone Rotolo and the vacant IBF Intercontinental title after the Italian was forced to withdraw before the start of the fifth round.

The middleweight, fighting for the second time in a matter of months after a cruel run of injuries, needed to make a statement with his domestic rivals also progressing and would have been underwhelmed that the opportunity to do so was taken away.

Barker is one third of a rivalry with world-title contender Matthew Macklin and next month’s WBC challenger Martin Murray and impressed with a relaxed approach at the start but soon after fought more raggedly.

Strong showing: Darren Barker knocks down Simone Rotolo during their IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight bout

Strong showing: Darren Barker knocks down Simone Rotolo during their IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight bout

Fine fettle: Barker took Rotolo to task with a flurry of punches in the first round

Fine fettle: Barker took Rotolo to task with a flurry of punches in the first round

Rotolo was knocked down after a flurry
of punches towards the end of the first round when caught against the
ropes but instead of stopping his opponent there and then, Barker lost
any real polish and instead messily pursued the knockout which
ultimately never came.

Edging each round if not dominating
them as a more polished Barker perhaps would have done, the middleweight
tested his opponent occasionally if not convincingly and was in the
midst of another flurry of punches when Rotolo significantly backed off,
avoiding the fight and shaking his hand in obvious pain until the end
of the round came and the Italian’s corner announced his withdrawal
almost instantly after.

'Macklin and Murray [who fights WBC
champion Sergio Martinez on 27 April]' are looking busy now, so I’d like
a fight with Andy Lee,' he said afterwards.

He told Sky Sports 2: 'I'm ready to push on now. There's the obvious domestic fights
and world title fights – I'm game, I'll fight any of them. It just takes
two of us to get the ball rolling and it could be rematches, trilogies,
whatever.'

Pushing on: Barker is looking ahead to his future which could involve 'rematches' and 'trilogies'

Pushing on: Barker is looking ahead to his future which could involve 'rematches' and 'trilogies'

Matthew Macklin set to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr in Spring 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Macklin set for Chavez Jnr clash next Spring ahead of Martinez re-match

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 14 December 2012

Matthew Macklin is closing in on a mouthwatering middleweight clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr – which he hopes will propel him into a rematch with Sergio Martinez.

The Birmingham-born Irishman is recovering from surgery to his nose and expects to face Chavez in America in April or May.

Macklin, 30, impressively knocked out former world champion Joachim Alcine inside the first round in Las Vegas in September while Chavez was comprehensively out-pointed by Martinez on the same night.

Ready to rumble: Matthew Macklin is confident he can strike a deal to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr next Spring

Ready to rumble: Matthew Macklin is confident he can strike a deal to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr next Spring

Martinez faces Martin Murray in Argentina on April 27 with a view to taking on Chavez again in September but Macklin, who himself was stopped by Martinez in March, plans to crash the party.

Macklin has spoken briefly to Chavez's promoter Bob Arum and expects negotiations to be completed in the new year although an exact date and venue for the bout are yet to be agreed.

'I'd say the fight is 80 per cent likely,' he told Sportsmail.

'Even though I lost the Martinez fight, I took a lot of confidence from it. From a stylistic point of view, Martinez is a nightmare but with Chavez, what you see is what you get.

'He's strong, he works the body well and puts a lot of pressure on but I certainly won't have to go looking for him. I don't think I'll find it too hard to get my own shots off. I carry a lot of power so I'd be very confident going into the fight.'

Macklin also revealed the build-up to his clash with Martinez was plagued by injury.

On the cards: Macklin believes boxing fans would love to watch him take on Chavez Jr

On the cards: Macklin believes boxing fans would love to watch him take on Chavez Jr

'Things looked great in the training camp but three weeks out, I bruised my rib in sparring so I didn't spar for the rest of the week,' he added.

'Then two weeks out, I did 12 rounds on the pads and ended up skinning my knuckle really badly on my left hand so for the last two weeks, all I did was shadow box and run.

'After round eight or nine I was ahead, in fact going into the 11th, I was three rounds up on one of the judge's card. I thought it was closer and that I needed the last two rounds to win the fight. I probably got a bit more reckless in the 11th and I got caught with some big shots.

'I felt fine to continue but [trainer] Buddy [McGirt] wouldn't let me out for the 12th and I could see his reasons. At the time I wanted to continue but there was no fallout or anything.

'Martinez hasn't had a more competitive fight since he won the belt from Kelly Pavlik. Aside from the last round, in which he was looking to survive, it was a domination of Chavez. I don't think at any stage in the fight did he dominate me.'

Re-match: Macklin wants another crack at Sergio Martinez after losing to the Argentine back in March

Re-match: Macklin wants another crack at Sergio Martinez after losing to the Argentine back in March

Macklin is confident that victory over Chavez would land him a second tilt at a world title, assuming Martinez comes through his test against Murray.

'I gave Martinez a better run than Chavez did, bar the last round [when Martinez was knocked down],' he said. 'If the last round hadn't happened, I don't think there would be any talk of a rematch but because it did, it's a very sellable fight.

'A big win against Chavez on HBO in the States would certainly set up a rematch with Sergio Martinez.'

Macklin, who admitted he was glad to see British rival Darren Barker return to action with a convincing victory over Kerry Hope last Saturday, believes the triumvirate of himself, Barker and Murray could yet clash.

'It would definitely be better when one of us has a world title,' he said. 'If I beat Chavez and then have another good win in the States, I'm not going to leave HBO and fighting for world titles in America to come back for a non-title fight.

'But a world title is not an absolute must, it comes down to timing. Everyone has their own career and it comes down to when it suits both guys that a fight will be made.'

Sergio Martinez knocks out Matthew Macklin in New York

Superman is just too speedy for brave Brit Macklin as Martinez proves his class again

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 18 March 2012

There is no shame in losing to a great boxer. No need to apologise for being outclassed by a master of the noble art.

So when you go down fighting to a world champion who is being credited with the powers of a comic-book hero, all that really remains is to accept the commiserations and then let the medical specialists check that none of the damage is permanent.

That is what happened to Matthew Macklin and no-one – certainly none of the 5,000 Irish who sold out the Theater at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day – will think any the worse of him.

Toe to toe: Macklin and Martinez square up

Toe to toe: Macklin and Martinez square up

Superman, it turns out, is alive, well, and the toast of Gotham City following his latest feat, that of repulsing the dead-of-night invasion led here by a Birmingham-born son of Irish parents. Unusually, he is cloaked currently in the blue and white flag of Argentina and working on adding English as a second language to his native Spanish. Clark Kent now goes by the name of Sergio Martinez.

Superman That is what his promoter Lou DiBella called him after Martinez had switched on the after-burners and hammered Macklin into submission at the end of the 11th round.

Macklin believed he had come armed with kryptonite, in the form of the eight-year age difference between himself and the 37-year-old middleweight champion of the world.

But Superman doesn't grow old. Martinez is as phenomenal an athlete as ever and, most critically of all, still fights at the speed of light. Macklin is not the first highly capable man to be slain by punches from Martinez which are faster than the eye can see.

On the attack: Macklin fails to breach Martinez's defence

On the attack: Macklin fails to breach Martinez's defence

The first time Macklin fought for a world title he was robbed by a blatant home town decision in favour of Germany's Felix Sturm. This second time the hard old game did its best to compensate for that injustice, handing him a knock-down which looked more like a push and appointing one judge who couldn't see the Martinez punches, either.

To no avail. Macklin, bless him, reasoned later that he had the better of the middle rounds and that the momentum thus gained had been accelerated when his pressure compelled Martinez to touch down on the canvass with one glove.

As it happened, the referee's decision to award that phantom knock down in the seventh was the worst thing that could have happened for him. Martinez responded magnificently, stepping up his game to dominate every round thereafter.

Scything through: Martinez connects with a right jab

Scything through: Martinez connects with a right jab

In the 11th – and what transpired to be the last – he floored Macklin twice. Each time it was his wicked southpaw left hand which inflicted the pain, just as that weapon had sent Macklin staggering three times earlier during the softening up process.

But it was the way he used his right – to deliberately knock his opponent's own right hand out of the way to open the path for his left – which made a masterpiece of the final knock down.

Macklin rose gallantly for the second time and the bell had already sounded as the standing count reached eight. But, despite his protestations. his new American trainer Buddy McGirt refused to let him go out for a final round in which he would assuredly have been KO'd and probably badly hurt.

Floored: Macklin was knocked down in the 11th round

Floored: Macklin was knocked down in the 11th round

That merciful decision spared not only Macklin but the judge who had them level when it ended. Bad officiating is a blight on boxing at the moment. Martinez was four points ahead on the two other scorecards which would have mattered while both Jim Watt, Sky's ex-world champion commentator, and myself had him six in front.

It is one thing for the man up there taking the punches to convince himself, as Macklin put it, that he was in the driving seat. Another altogether for a judge to misread the fight so badly.

One misfortune for Macklin was that Martinez had whipped himself into far better shape than he did prior to labouring a little before knocking out another English challenger, Darren Barker, last autumn.

In Saturday night's condition and form, Superman ranks with Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquaio as one of the three best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. As a natural light-middleweight, he keeps knocking out bigger men.

Delight: Martinez retained his middleweight crown

Delight: Martinez retained his middleweight crown

Even though he is the lineal middleweight champion – and has the Ring world title to prove it – it is a scandal that the holders of the other alphabelts are allowed to keep ducking him.

DiBella is finding it harder to fix a unification fight for Martinez with WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr – who prefers a voluntary defence against another Brit, Martin Murray – than he expects it will be to bring Macklin back into the loop.

Of Macklin's decision to move to New York, DiBella says: 'Matthew has found a home here, along with many new fans. Nor will he have to take on Superman every time he fights.'

And that, citizens, is a relief.

Macklin pushes Martinez but Argentine retains middleweight crown with 11th round TKO

Macklin pushes Martinez but Argentine retains middleweight crown with 11th round TKO

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UPDATED:

04:58 GMT, 18 March 2012

Sergio Martinez beat Matthew Macklin by a technical knockout at Madison Square Garden in New York to remain the world middleweight champion.

But Macklin, 29, took great credit from the fight, providing Martinez, who is the linear world champion at the weight, with the toughest test of his reign so far.

The Birmingham fighter made life continually uncomfortable for the Argentinian, trading heavy blows what for the most part was an even contest, but he was knocked down twice in the 11th, causing his camp to withdraw their man.

Toe to toe: Macklin and Martinez square up

Toe to toe: Macklin and Martinez square up

Macklin, who, as the son of Irish parents had great support on St Patrick's Day, felt he was in control for much of the fight.

He said on Sky Sports 1: 'I thought I had the most momentum, I thought I was in the driver's seat. Some of the rounds were close but I thought I was dictating.

'I was the one that was boxing to the game plan, and I was taking him out of his.'

On the attack: Macklin fails to breach Martinez's defence

On the attack: Macklin fails to breach Martinez's defence

Macklin explained he took a more considered approach to the fight than usual.

He said: 'Putting reckless pressure on would have been detrimental so I tried to feint, move my head, box, take him out of his rhythm, upset him a little bit and ease my way into the fight, then start putting the pressure on.'

The tactic was a good one and some observers had him level or even ahead once the glove of Martinez, the heavy favourite with bookmakers, touched the canvas in the seventh round.

Scything through: Martinez connects with a right jab

Scything through: Martinez connects with a right jab

Thereafter though it was all about the 37-year-old, who upped his game and dominated from then.

Asked what changed in the later rounds, Macklin said: 'I switched off a little bit upstairs, stopped moving my head a little bit.

'It wasn't extreme fatigue because it wasn't that sort of fight but I certainly slowed a little bit, stopped moving my head, got a bit heavy on my feet and he caught me square a few times. That allowed him to get his confidence up and get into his rhythm.'

Floored: Macklin was knocked down in the 11th round

Floored: Macklin was knocked down in the 11th round

That rhythm saw Martinez send him to the canvas in the 11th. Macklin got up, but soon found himself sprawling again.

The count reached eight as the bell went and, though Macklin wanted to continue, his camp asked the referee to call a halt.

'I've never ever quit,' said Macklin. 'I wanted to continue. I gave it 100 per cent. I think anyone who watched would agree. Hopefully I didn't let anyone down.'

Delight: Martinez retained his middleweight crown

Delight: Martinez retained his middleweight crown

Matthew Macklin aims to dethrone Sergio Martinez

Macklin hoping for New York fairytale in front of passionate Irish crowd

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UPDATED:

13:56 GMT, 16 March 2012

Matthew Macklin hopes to complete a remarkable story on Saturday night by dethroning middleweight king Sergio Martinez in front of thousands of Irish Americans on St Patrick's Day at Madison Square Garden in New York.

A proud Birmingham native whose parents are both Irish, Macklin grew up in England, earning nine GCSEs and three A-Levels, and spent summers in Ireland, where he became an accomplished hurling player in his teens.

He gave up hurling at 16 when injury threatened his amateur boxing career and made an even greater sacrifice three years later when he dropped out of a law degree at Coventry University to focus on fighting.

Raring to go: Matthew Macklin believes he can beat Sergio Martinez

Raring to go: Matthew Macklin believes he can beat Sergio Martinez

The former ABA champion has had to tread a complicated path to the top, however, with multiple trainers, regular management changes and three professional defeats all featuring prominently on his career arc.

Yet after joining forces with New York promoter Lou DiBella, he has secured himself a 'fairytale' opportunity to become the linear, recognised world middleweight champion by dethroning superb Argentinian Martinez.

To do so he must beat the man widely regarded as the third best fighter in the world, behind pound-for-pound kings Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Should he upset the veteran Martinez, Macklin believes he will have justified some of the tough decisions he has made over the years.

'I had to make sacrifices when I was younger, not least packing in university to focus on the boxing,' said the 29-year-old.

'I knew I could always go back to that so it was not that hard a decision. But I've always felt that if I got to this stage, and managed to win a world title, it would fully vindicate my choice.

'But generally it's been a long, hard road at times for me, but it will all be worth it when I beat Martinez.'

Main man: Marintez is considered the best middleweight in the world

Main man: Marintez is considered the best middleweight in the world

While Macklin (28-3, 19KOs) is given short shrift by bookmakers – some of whom have him a 15/2 underdog – he should be well backed at the famous Madison Square Garden venue, where the Irish community are expected to come out in force on St Patrick's Day.

One of Macklin's three career defeats was a highly-disputed split decision against WBA champion Felix Sturm in Germany last summer.

'I was very disappointed not to get the decision against Sturm but this is the silver lining,' he said.

'Everyone in America saw that and they were way more outraged than we were in England or Ireland. Maybe it was because they love the aggression side of boxing, which I showed, and so most in America barely had Sturm even winning three rounds.

'Everyone thought I won it, but over here they felt I really dominated him completely.

Out of luck: Macklin lost a controversial split decision to champion Felix Sturm

Out of luck: Macklin lost a controversial split decision to champion Felix Sturm

'It was good to get rewarded with this fight because being at Madison Square Garden, on St Patrick's Day, against Martinez, on (American pay-per-view giant) HBO, it ticks all the boxes.

'It's like a fairytale.'

Martinez (48-2-2, 27KOs) has apparently shunned the 'alphabet' world titles but holds the Ring middleweight belt and is regarded as the top man in the division.

The 37-year-old had a tricky night against Macklin's fellow Briton Darren Barker last year before stopping him in the 11th and he will hope Macklin's more aggressive style will play into his hands.

Despite worldwide respect for his talents, Martinez's name has rarely got the billing it deserves, so he is relishing the high-profile clash at one of boxing's great venues.

'It's a great, great honour to fight at Madison Square Garden and a lifetime dream,' he admitted. 'It makes me quite emotional.'

Carl Frampton knocks out Kris Hughes in seven rounds

Unbeaten Frampton keeps title after putting Hughes down in seven rounds

Carl Frampton retained his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title with a seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes.

The Northern Irishman dominated from start to finish at London's York Hall and the result was never in doubt.

Frampton is now unbeaten in his 12 professional fights.

Easy: Carl Frampton destroyed Kris Hughes

Easy: Carl Frampton destroyed Kris Hughes

The champion has his sights set on British title holder Scott Quigg and took another step towards that fight on Saturday night.

Cutting off the ring well, he bombarded Hughes with body shots and the Scot offered little in return.

Rare: Hughes strikes back, but the result was never in doubt

Rare: Hughes strikes back, but the result was never in doubt

Hughes appeared to be coping with the barrage but was rocked by a right hand in the seventh round and crashed to the canvas.

Frampton may return to the ring in New York on the undercard of Matthew Macklin's world title fight on March 17.

Sheffield United 3 Salisbury 1: Easy for the Blades

Sheffield United 3 Salisbury 1: No drama for the Blades as non-league side bow out

Sheffield United cut through non-League Salisbury with consummate ease as they secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

It took just 18 minutes for Chris Porter to break the deadlock before Ched Evans put daylight between the League One side at their lowly opponents.

And things got worse for the visitors to Bramall Lane when Webb inadvertently directed the ball past his own goalkeeper. Macklin pulled one back late on.

More to follow….

Can't keep a good man down: Lowly Salisbury struggled to keep the more fluid United at bay

Can't keep a good man down: Lowly Salisbury struggled to keep the more fluid United at bay

MATCH FACTS

Sheff Utd: Simonsen, Ertl, Maguire, Collins, Jean-Francois, Williamson (Chapell 78), Doyle, McDonald, Flynn (Cresswell 51), Evans, Porter (Beattie 51). Subs not used: Long, Montgomery, McAllister, Williams.

Goals: Porter 18, Evans 60, Webb (og) 72

Booked: Williamson

Salisbury: Scott, Webb, Dutton, Giles, Brett, Adelsbury, Anderson, Clarke (Losasso 62), Williams, Read (Macklin 62), Fitchett (Knight 81). Subs not used: Arthur, Casey, Kelly, Harris.

Goals: Macklin 86

Booked: Webb

Referee: David Webb.

Att: 10,488

Making a point: Chris Porter was on target

Making a point: Chris Porter was on target

Carl Froch focused on future after Andre Ward defeat

Froch puts up a fight for the future as beaten champion sets sights on Bute

As Carl Froch joined a slew of his fighting compatriots on the Boardwalk of broken dreams here, the midwinter landscape looked bleak for British boxing.

All is not lost, however. Not according to the eighth home fighter to be defeated in a major world title bout on foreign soil this year.

As he recoiled from his emphatic Super Six final defeat here by Andre Ward, Carl the Cobra said: ‘Losing all these championships is not the place we wanted to be but it’s not the disaster some people think.

Beaten: Carl Froch lost his belt to Andre Ward on Sunday morning

Beaten: Carl Froch lost his belt to Andre Ward on Sunday morning

‘We have had a whole bunch of lads competing at the highest level and that speaks well of the strength in depth of our game. Many of us will come back to win belts again and there are other young fighters coming through.’

Froch is already lined up for a matching pair of IBF world super-middleweight title fights against Canada’s Lucian Bute next year, the first in Montreal in April and the return in Nottingham in mid-summer.

Taking a punch: Froch couldn

Taking a punch: Froch couldn”t cope with Ward”s speed and combinations

Before that Dereck Chisora has a shot at Vitali Klitschko’s share in the family heavyweight championship business and Matthew Macklin is about to sign for a glamorous New York tilt at the world’s top middleweight, Argentina’s Sergio Martinez.

Nathan Cleverly will be welcomed home to Cardiff on February 25 for a defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title, the biggest fight in Wales since Joe Calzaghe retired undefeated.

Then, on March 10, Scotland’s Ricky Burns defends his interim WBO lightweight championship in Glasgow.

No 1: Ward is now the WBC and WBA super middleweight champion

No 1: Ward is now the WBC and WBA super middleweight champion

Eddie Hearn, Froch’s promoter, said: ‘In one way 2011 has been a great year for British boxing since so many of our boys have been engaged in world title fights. It would be nice going into these big matches more or less sure of winning but we have to take more risks now. We can no longer feed our fighters a diet of beatable opponents. The public will not stand for that rubbish any longer.’

Meanwhile, Amir Khan faces a long wait for a rematch with Lamont Peterson after the IBF ruled against his appeal that the result was unfair. Promoter Bob Arum hopes to match Timothy Bradley with Peterson.