Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/16/14
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Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) defends his lineal middleweight title against Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (28-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday, March 17 at 10 PM EST/7 PM PST on HBO World Championship Boxing. This 12-round fight headlines a night of fights in celebration of St. Patrick's Day in New York and will be held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Macklin, born in Birmingham, West Midlands in the United Kingdom to Irish parents, comes into Saturday's fight as the clear underdog. Having fought the overwhelming majority of his career on the Euro circuit, Macklin is making only his third appearance on American soil. He has taken stabs at regional titles in two divisions, winning the Irish middleweight, BBBofC British middleweight, and EBU middleweight titles, but losing in both attempts at regional junior middleweight titles early in his career. In his last fight, Macklin traveled to Germany to challenge for Felix Sturm's WBA middleweight title. Macklin outworked...
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