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Macklin power too much for Elcock

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Matthew Macklin claimed the British middleweight title by stopping champion Wayne Elcock inside three rounds.

In a fight billed as the 'Battle of Brum', Macklin floored his Birmingham rival with some devastating head shots.

The 35-year-old managed to regain his footing before the count of 10, but the referee called a halt following another flurry of punches from Macklin.

"I'm very proud to be British champion but that's not my level - I'm world class" said the 26-year-old Macklin.

"I'm ready for anyone, ready to fight the best and beat the best. I could fight the best now and I'm ready to beat them and become world champion.

"This was a stepping stone for me. Wayne Elcock was a British champion and a fantastic ambassador for Birmingham boxing - I've got big respect for him and wish him well in the future. But I'm destined for world titles, always have been."

Elcock, who relinquished the belt he had held since 2007, admitted he had not ever been in the fight but vowed that he would not retire.

"I didn't get out of bed. Fair play to Matt, he turned up on the night and I never, simple as that" he said.

"I've come back from defeat before, though, and I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym."

Also on the bill was promising heavyweight Tyson Fury. He beat Lee Swaby, who failed to come out for the fifth round after coming under pressure throughout.

see also
Birmingham rivals set for fight
09 Jan 09 |  Boxing
Elcock fails in world title bid
08 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Moore beats Macklin in thriller
29 Sep 06 |  Boxing


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