Jorge Sebastian Heiland (25-4-2, 13KO’s) somewhat upset the apple cart Saturday night with an impressive tenth round knockout of former multiple world title challenger Matthew Macklin (31-6, 20KO’s) on away turf in Dublin, Ireland.
Bookmakers had Macklin a wide favorite for the fight before hand, but it seemed the freshness of the Argentinian always seemed to give him the upper hand in the close quarter exchanges which at times had the Irish crowd in raptures.
Whilst Macklin started the contest well and had some success with good combinations and shots in close, none of his success seemed to deter his 27 year old opponent.
Heiland brought an impressive work rate to the contest which Macklin managed to remain competitive against for the first four rounds, but once the fifth stanza ended the tide had looked to have changed. The slow signs of fatigue seemed to have started to take hold in the 32 year old’s demeanor with a heavy walk back to his corner man Joe Gallagher.
From the fifth round onward, whilst “The Mack” remained competitive, he was always deemed second best in the ring as Heiland was taking more steps in backing up the once middleweight leading contender.
In the end, the heavy work rate from Heiland and Macklin’s inability to deter him with any clean shots, meant the Argentinian was able to walk down his opponent to the corner in the tenth, jabbing first before landing a wicked precise right hand which ended the night for Macklin and ultimately the contest.
Talks of retirement will linger for Macklin now as the crowd favourite is unlikely to be driven to drop down to fight at domestic level after this defeat.