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Sunday 22 October 2017

Macklin booked for the Stadium

With the announcement that Matthew Macklin has teamed up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom, big-time boxing is set to return to Dublin.

On August 30, Mack the Knife and British Olympic gold medal winner Anthony Joshua, now 6-0 in the pro ranks, will be the chief box-office names on a show at the National Stadium that will be screened live on Sky Sports.

A bout that's sure to appeal to all fight fans is the middleweight clash between Dublin's Anthony Fitzgerald, now with Macklin's Marbella Gym, and Cork titan Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, who's linked to the Celtic Warrior Gym.

"Matthew's on the verge of another world title shot," says Eddie Hearn. "I'm working with Lou DiBella on making that happen."

Carl Frampton received a massive confidence boost in his preparations for his super bantamweight world title fight with Kiko Martinez in Belfast on September 6, when the rush on tickets exceeded Cyclone promotions expectations this week.

"Sales have been unbelievable," says The Jackal. "I knew I had fantastic fans but this has taken it to another level."

Unbeaten in 18 fights, 13 won by KO, Frampton is a determined man.

"We've been chasing a lot of champions, Leo Santa Cruz included, but those guys didn't want to fight me," he says.

"Kiko deserves credit for coming back to Belfast. I'm showing him respect. I'm not taking anything for granted. But this is a fight I'm going to win."

Experienced campaigner Matthew Macklin reckons Frampton will win. "Carl looks to be getting better and better," he says. "He'll stop Kiko even earlier this time."

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