Four Roads’ claim on rising boxing star Matthew

I came away from my meeting with Matthew Macklin with a smile on my face. I have met hundreds of sports people from all walks of life over the years, young and old, past and present, and the man with Roscommon and Tipperary blood running through his veins is one of the nicest and most engaging personalities that I have come across in my time in this job.    I met Matthew in the company of a few friends at The Central Bar in Roscommon on Tuesday evening as he relaxed after his latest victory.   Matthew Macklin is 25 years old. He was born and lives in Brimingham but is as Irish as they come. His father Seamus Macklin is from Four Roads and young Matthew has been back to the roots ‘more times than I care to remember’ over the years.   Matthew is making his way in the tough world of professional boxing and last Saturday night at The Point Theatre, he continued his rise up the middleweight ladder when he knocked out Darren Rhodes in the 4th round of an 8 round contest on the Bernard Dunne undercard.   Matthew’s next fight will be at The National Stadium on the 20th October when he fights an as yet un-named  French opponent on the John Duddy undercard. Matthew is happy that things are going well for him.    ‘Yeah, I’m pleased the way things are going. I had a good win on Saturday night and I am on a couple of weeks off before going back into training  for the next fight.’   Matthew appreciates the big support he has from Roscommon every time he fights. ‘It’s brilliant. There is a crowd from Roscommon and Tipp (where my mother is from) every time I fight and hopefully I will give them plenty to shout about in the future’.   There is also a strong Roscommon link with Matthew’s main sponsors as he is supported by Des Whyte’s company Sierra Communications (who sponsored the Roscommon minor footballers last year).    ‘I am ever so grateful to Des and Sierra. They have been so good to me and I intend to repay them with some major titles in the future’ he said.    Matthew is managed by the same manager who manages Bernard Dunne -Brian Peters – but even more significantly he is trained by the same trainer who trains world champion Ricky Hatton – Billy Graham.   ‘I’ve been lucky in that regard’ he told me. ‘I train in Manchester with Billy Graham and Ricky Hatton is a great friend of mine