Matthew Macklin confident of power to stop Felix Sturm

Matthew Macklin
Macklin is a former British and two-time European champion

Solihull middleweight Matthew Macklin says he has the ability to dominate Germany's Felix Sturm and fulfil his dream of becoming a world champion.

Macklin, 29, meets the WBA champion in Cologne on Saturday and knows he must produce his best to win the fight.

"I can't be nicking rounds out here, I've got to be winning them decisively," Macklin told BBC WM.

"I've got to be the boss in there but I believe I have the capabilities to stop Sturm late on in the fight."

Macklin has earned his shot at Sturm after rising steadily up the world rankings after becoming British and European champion in 2009 before winning the European belt again in 2010.

Sturm is unbeaten in five years and has only lost twice in his 35-fight career and Macklin has a healthy respect for the champion.

"He's probably the dominant force in the division," he said.

"He lost a very disputed decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004 and never got a rematch but came back and won a different version of the world title anyway, he really is top-notch," Macklin said.

Macklin is hoping to go one better than fellow West Midlanders Wayne Elcock and Pat Cowdell, who both lost their shots at world titles.

Elcock was stopped by Arthur Abraham in 2007 while Cowdell twice tasted defeat - in 1981 and 1985 - against Salvador Sanchez and Azumah Nelson respectively.

"I'll be Birmingham's first-ever world champion, it'll be great for the area," Macklin said.

"This is it and it would mean the world. I was very happy to win the European title and very proud when I knocked out Wayne Elcock for the British title but I've always felt I had the ability to be a world champion."

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