Matthew Macklin retires from boxing

Matthew Macklin
Matthew Macklin

Matthew Macklin has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 33.

The Birmingham-born fighter was always proud of his Irish roots and over the course of his career he would win Irish, British and European titles. 

The middleweight fought three times for a world title - losing all three - most recently going down by KO to Gennady Golovkin in the summer of 2013.

Macklin retires with a 35-6 record, winning his last four fights, including a victory over Brian Rose in London in April.

It had been thought his recent winning streak would set up another title bout but he has decided to step away from the ring, with a career as a trainer now a possibility.

Macklin, who was born in Birmingham, trained at the MGM Marbella gym closely associated with cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.

Kinahan once described the boxer as 'probably his best friend' in an interview with a boxing magazine last year.

There is no suggestion any of the boxing stars linked to the gym have any involvement in crime.