Matthew Macklin has revealed talks have begun for his fourth world title shot, with WBA champion Danny Jacobs in his sights for a potential September clash on the east side of America.
Macklin was knocked out by Jorge Sebastian Heiland in November and it was unclear whether or not he would ever return to the ring.
But he made his comeback in his home town of Birmingham on Saturday, despatching Sandor Micsko in the second round and now feels ready to challenge for world honours once again.
He said: “I knew I wanted to carry on. A fight like this one was not the easiest to get up for but I knew it would lead me on to bigger and better things.
“I got the win and there is talk of big fights. I’m a proven middleweight contender, I’ve fought everyone there is and my name is still strong.”
Now Macklin could be set for a shot at Jacobs, the 28-year-old who overcame a battle with bone cancer before winning the world title last year.
And the 32-year-old Tipperary Tornado says discussions have already begun with the American’s influential advisor, Al Haymon.
He added: “It will be somewhere like New York I would think. My promoter Eddie (Hearn) has had talks with Al Haymon but of course I needed to win this fight first. Now that I’ve won those talks can progress.
“Jacobs is a good fighter, he was talked about as the next big thing in American in around 2007 but he got knocked out when he fought Dmitry Pirog for the vacant title in 2010.
“It’s an amazing story how he beat cancer and he’s a nice fella. But he’s the champion and I want to be the champion.”
One man who currently holds a belt in the 160lb middleweight division is Andy Lee, but Macklin admits that he has had to explore other avenues with an all-Irish showdown looking unlikely for now.
Macklin, who has lost his three previous world title challenges, added: “Lee is the most natural fight but I’m not sure what his situation is. That would be my No.1 choice of course but at the moment Jacobs seems the most natural fit for me so that’s where we are going.”
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