Sergio Martinez could be at Madison Square Garden on March 17, with plenty of company on a potential big card. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
There's already some jockeying going on for a potential big St. Patrick's Day 2012 show at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden.
Lou DiBella is hoping to put together a middleweight championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin, two fighters he promotes, hoping to use Macklin's Irish roots to bring out the Irish-American fight crowd in the Big Apple. Macklin is keen on the idea and the fight has been rumored since the 29-year-old contender signed with DiBella just a few months back. Andy Lee has also been considered for the fight.
Mick Hennessy says he's already got the Garden booked, though, to bring current British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury over for a fight, potentially with Alexander Povetkin for Povetkin's WBA "regular" title. It would be Fury's first fight on American soil.
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing is also offering to send some of his Irish fighters over, notably Commonwealth super bantamweight titlist Carl Frampton and junior welterweight contender Paul McCloskey.
There is some history with the promoters working together, which could help turn this into a big show. DiBella and Hearn just co-promoted the Martinez vs Barker fight in October, and Hennessy has worked with DiBella via the Super Six World Boxing Classic, and they co-promoted the Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor fight in April 2009.
It may seem wise to wager against a big blowout card with three promoters chipping in significant fighters, but it's also not as if these are the huge power brokers. A card like this could really bring in a strong audience, including a good crowd traveling overseas for Macklin and Fury, plus McCloskey and/or Frampton.
Most unlikely is getting Povetkin on the bill. Sauerland Event would have no strong reason to send him over to New York in a co-feature role against Fury unless the money was really, really big, and that would be tough to do here.