SAN DIEGO, March 17, 2012—Irish and Irish-American boxing is rich in tradition, from the bare-knuckle days of “Boston Strong Boy” John L. Sullivan to Jack Dempsey, who knocked out George Foreman; Irish champions Wayne McCullough and Seamus McDonagh; and Irish-American boxers James Braddock and Mickey Ward, whose stories were celebrated in the movies “Cinderella Man” and “The Fighter.”
Tonight join us for a live chat and “Get Your Irish Up!” The main event pits Argentinian Sergio “Marvavilla” Martínez in the ring against “The Tipperary Tornado” Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin.
The New York City location has Macklin the underdog feeling confident:
“Usually, when I fought the best guys they brought the best out of me. Sergio Martinez is certainly going to bring the best out of me. I’ll need to be at my best to win this fight,” Macklin said. “I’m very confident. The fact that it’s March 17th, St. Patty’s Day night here in New York, I’m going to feel like I’m fighting in Dublin. I’m going to be the home fighter with the home crowd. I’m coming forward; I’m coming to go to war.”
Read Gayle Falkenthal’s fight preview here and join us for the fight tonight, St. Patrick’s Day, on this page at 9:45pm EST.
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