Birmingham Irishman Matthew Macklin needed just two minutes and
36 seconds to blast out Joachim Alcine and put himself back in the
middleweight title picture in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Macklin was stopped in the eleventh round against world
middleweight number one Sergio Martinez in March, but showed no
signs of being gun shy on his return to action.
The 30-year-old pressed forwards from the off and soon a double
jab punctuated by a hard right hand sent Alcine crashing to the
Within seconds of Alcine, a former WBA light-middleweight
champion, getting back to his feet, Macklin detonated a left hook
which sent him back down again.
And with less than 30 seconds left on the clock in the opening
round, Macklin forced the Haiti-born Canadian into a corner and
pummelled him until referee Jay Nady decided he'd seen enough.
Macklin's record improved to 29 - 4 (20 KOs), while Alcine's
dropped to 33 - 3 - 1 (19 KOs).