Despite his Birmingham accent Matthew is a very proud Irishman and travels on an Irish passport. His Mum’s family are from County Tipperary while his Dad is a County Roscommon man and Matthew splits his time between training in Manchester and the U.S., his family home in Birmingham and his relations and friends in Tipperary and Roscommon.
At the age of 18 Macklin started a law degree at Coventry University having acquired nine GCSEs and A levels in English, History and German. However after completing his first year in University Macklin was forced to abandon his studies in order to focus solely on the boxing ring. The University agreed that he could come back and complete the degree at any time but as yet he hasnt had to return to his studies.
As a child Matthew would make regular trips to Tipperary and Roscommon for holidays oftern spending entire summers in Ireland. He quickly proved to be quite handy at hurling (one of Ireland’s national sports) and he played at underage level with Tipperary up to under 16s. Back then Matthew regularly came up against stars of the current Tipperary team however an ankle ligament injury at the age of 16 threatened to disrupt an already promising boxing career and he made the decision to hang up his boots and his hurley. Macklin remains a devoted hurling and gaelic football supporter and regularly attends games in
Before his World title fight with Felix Sturm in Germany Matthew wowed the local media by addressing press conference and media interviews in German! He had studied the language for 6 years at school and took a refresher course prior to the Sturm fight.
Matthew last fight saw him lose out to World Middleweight Champ Felix Sturm on a controversial split decision in the German’s hometown of Cologne. The decision was ridiculed in the German and international media with even the German newspapers reporting on the fight with headlines such as German Boxing Disgrace, Miscarriage of Justice and Fluke Victory. US television had Macklin winning the fight by 6 rounds while even German TV scored it to the challenger by 4 rounds while a viewers poll on their website spoke volumes with 76% of German’s polled believing that Macklin had won the fight as opposed to just 24% for Sturm. Former undisputed heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis tweeted “Highway Robbery! One of the worst decisions I’ve seen. Macklin won that fight hands down.”