Kazakhstan's hard-punching knockout machine Gennady Golovkin is being hailed by many as one of the future stars of boxing, and his explosive finishes have done nothing to diminish those opinions.
But Ireland's Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 knockouts) will look to put an end to the hype when he faces Golovkin on Saturday night in Mashantucket, Conn., (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET).
This is seen as a step up in opposition for the WBA and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin (26-0, 23 KOs), and Macklin, having been in the ring with the likes of Sergio Martinez and Felix Strum, feels confident going in.
"When you step up levels and another one, and another one, you step up and it becomes more natural to be there," Macklin said. "This time, it's my third world title shot and I'm going to seize the opportunity. He's a world champ, but I'm the more proven fighter. I'm more seasoned, experienced, and I've fought better opposition."
Macklin believes his professional opponents have been far better than Go...