The two met on November 11, 2003 for the vacant English light middleweight title and Facey won on points. Macklin, whose parents are from Tipperary and Roscommon, will put his British middleweight title on the line this time around, and is in no mood to relinquish the title he won so convincingly against Wayne Elcock in March.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to put the record straight. Facey got the decision against me but never in a month of Sundays did he win the fight,” Macklin told the Birmingham Mail. “I am convinced in my own mind that, although I was far from at my best, I was still the better fighter on the night.”
Macklin, who has talked of chasing world title fights in the in the next 12 months, will have the chance to prove that again in a couple of weeks time.
Finally, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-3) from Hackensack, New Jersey, will challenge Tomasz Adamek (37-1) fro his IBF cruiserweight title on July 11 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.