Gennady Golovkin will defend the WBA middleweight title against Matthew Macklin on June 29, live on HBO from the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The fight will headline a Boxing After Dark triple-header, with super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen likely to face Brandon Gonzales, and junior middleweight Willie Nelson also in action.
Press release quotes:
"I'm excited to return to the United States and once again fight on HBO. Matthew Macklin is a skilled, strong fighter and I look forward to the challenge of defending my titles on June 29th. I have seen a few of his fights and am very conscious of how tough of a battle this is."
"Golovkin hasn't put a foot wrong yet as a pro. He's destroyed pretty much everyone and, as a consequence, he's probably the most hyped fighter in the sport right now. People have made him out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he's going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight.
"When you compare my last three opponents to Golovkin's last three opponents, it's clear who the proven entity is, going into this fight. I got robbed against Felix Sturm in Germany, it was nip-and-tuck between me and Sergio Martinez until I got caught in the eleventh, and last time out, I blew away Joachim Alcine inside a round, a former world champ who was coming off a career-best win."
Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions
"Gennady is excited to return to the ring so quickly to defend his titles against a proven, top-rated middleweight in Matthew Macklin. Gennady was ringside for Macklin's fight against Sergio Martinez last March and saw firsthand how dangerous he is, as he dropped Sergio in the seventh round. GGG has become one of the most talked-about fighters in boxing. This fight with Macklin will be a very hot ticket. We're thankful to HBO for featuring Gennady again and also to the Foxwoods Resort Casino for hosting this event."
Lou DiBella, DiBella Entertainment
"Golovkin-Macklin is one of the very best fights that can be made in the middleweight division and all of boxing. It figures to be a barnburner and we are thrilled that Matthew is getting another deserved opportunity at a world title."
Kery Davis, HBO Sports
"This is a fight fan's fight. We are thrilled that both fighters accepted the challenge and we are looking forward to a terrific night of boxing on HBO."
Scott Butera, Foxwoods
"Foxwoods Resort Casino is proud to be teaming up with DiBella Entertainment and K2 Promotions to bring a stellar championship match to Connecticut; proving once again that Foxwoods is the premier venue for professional boxing on the East Coast. The Golovkin-Macklin fight will be one for the record books."