Macklin looking to impress
Briton aiming to get back on the winning trail in Vegas
Last Updated: 14/09/12 7:29pm
Matthew Macklin: Cannot afford a third successive defeat
Matthew Macklin faces arguably the biggest fight of his career when he comes up against Joachim Alcine on Saturday night.
The 'Irish Brummie' makes his Las Vegas debut at the Thomas & Mack Center on the undercard of Sergio Martinez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
Macklin put up the best performance of his career when losing to Martinez last time, the Argentinian forcing an 11th round stoppage in an absorbing encounter.
However, that loss and a previous, disputed defeat to WBA champion Felix Sturm means 30-year-old Macklin goes into the fight looking to avoid a third successive reversal.
That would surely end any hopes of returning to the highest level and a possible match-up with the winner of Martinez vs Chavez.
And Macklin is aware he cannot look past former WBA light-middleweight champion Alcine.
"It's not a case of he's 35, he's been world champion and he's here to make the numbers up, he has his own ambitions," he said.
"He produces a win against me then he's going to get a world title shot so he's got as much to play for as I have.
"It's very much a case of staying focused and not looking past Alcine, putting in a good performance and getting a good win. The risks are high in this fight but the rewards are high also."
And Macklin firmly believes an impressive win could mean another shot at the title.
"With a good performance here I think it will land me another world title shot," he added. "I think that's probably a lot of the reason they've got me on this card - they're laying down the next opponent."