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Golovkin vs Macklin could headline HBO triple-header on June 29

Promoters are working to put together a potentially explosive middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin and Matthew Macklin, which would air June 29 on HBO.


Gennady Golovkin could defend his WBA middleweight title on June 29, in an HBO main event against Matthew Macklin. The fight has been discussed plenty lately, and here's what has:

Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs) is slated to be back in action June 29 at site to be determined (but likely on the East Coast) to headline an HBO tripleheader. He will be making his eighth title defense and fighting for the third time already this year. Golovkin's opponent is likely going to be the one I have been hoping it would be (and the one HBO wants): Great Britain's Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs).

Promoter Lou DiBella said that both fighters have accepted the bout and that he is working to finalize the details with K2 promoter Tom Loeffler.

Golovkin just got through obliterating Nobuhiso Ishida (GIF) in Monte Carlo, which followed an HBO-televised win over Gabriel Rosado in January. The 30-year-old Kazakh is becoming a fast favorite for viewers, and rightly so -- he's talented, he punches like a beast, and he fights hard.

Macklin, 30, hasn't fought since September 15, when he finished off Joachim Alcine in just 2:36. There had been some talk that he wasn't exactly eager to jump right in with Golovkin, having not fought more than a round since last March, when he was stopped in 11 by Sergio Martinez, but it's as good a fight as he's likely to get right now, and a chance for him to knock off the guy that some are starting to feel is actually the world's best at 160 pounds, and not Martinez.

Also slated for the card in separate bouts are super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13 KO) and 6'3" junior middleweight Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KO), who is starting to turn some heads with three straight solid wins.

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