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Dave Woodhall’s Fighting Talk



The build-up continues to the biggest night of boxing in Birmingham for years – Wayne Elcock vs Mattthew Macklin at the Aston Events Centre on Saturday night. Dave Woodhall weighs in with a preview.

Saturday night sees the biggest fight staged in Birmingham for many years, the British middleweight title scrap between champion Wayne Elcock and challenger Matthew Macklin at the Aston Events Centre. It’s the challenger who has been making the loudest pre-fight comments, and speaking ahead of today’s weigh-in Macklin was in confident mood.Class usually prevails and I believe that will be the case tomorrow night. Wayne’s a good fighter but I believe I’m simply a better one.”

Elcock, meanwhile, has been more quietly confident. “Matt’s been talking a good fight and promising to knock me out but that’s all part of the game. I’m not one for making predictions but I can guarantee you that I’m not giving up that Lonsdale belt for anyone.”

The city’s boxing fraternity are divided on the outcome with Robert McCracken, himself a former holder of the belt describing the fight as “Too close to call” and ex-world super-middleweight champion Ritchie Woodhall agreeing. “I can’t split them” is his verdict. Everyone agrees, though, that this could be a fight to remember.

Both men looked confident this afternoon at a crowded Sports Cafe, with Macklin scaling a fraction under the 11st 6lbs limit, ¾ lb heaver than the champion. Also in attendance was heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury, who will be making his fourth paid appearance on the bill, against journeyman Lee Swarby. Pick of an intriguing undercard which sees several local fighters in action will be the English welterweight title clash between champion Adnan Amar and Southern Area champion Tom Glover.

Doors open at 7 and the first bout begins 15 minutes later. Coverage on ITV4 is scheduled to start at 7.45.

Tickets starting at £40 are still available at or by calling Hennessey Sports on 0844 8884402.


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