|Macklin gave Martinez one of his toughest fights.|
His opponent, Joachim Alcine, is 36-years old but he is still a very dangerous fighter. The Canadian held the WBA light-middleweight world title between 2007 and 2008, and was a very, very good fighter at the time. He has been on a slight decline in recent years but he is coming off a stunningly good performance against David Lemieux in December. He has had only two losses in a 36-fight career. Macklin will be the big favourite going into the fight, but there is a slight chance of an upset.
The bout will take place on the undercard of another middleweight showdown on that night, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Vs Sergio Martinez. This may be a little disheartening for Macklin as his fight will be completely overshadowed by the headline bout. But, he will have a chance of starring in his own world title fight very soon as the winner of his fight with Alcine is looking very likely to face the winner of Martinez Vs Chavez Jr.