Sources close to the Willie Nelson camp are confirming that a fight between Matthew Macklin and Willie Nelson is close for a possible HBO date in late November or early December.
Macklin had been in talks with Gabriel Rosado for a possible middleweight clash but that fell through after Rosado took a fight with WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin on Showtime on October 26th in Atlantic City.
Macklin is coming off a 3rd round knockout loss to Gennady Golovkin this past June, where he was dominated by GGG. Because Macklin took that fight when no one else would, he was guaranteed a return date on HBO and all fingers coming from the Nelson camp is that his next opponent will be Willie Nelson.
Nelson was on the same card that night when he faced tough Argentine Luciano Cuello. Nelson was not as impressive as he was against Michael Medina but he did get the victory. Nelson is fighting this weekend in a stay busy this week against Dante Moore. Should he win, the fight with Macklin will be contested at 160 lbs. even though Nelson campaigns at 154 lbs. Nelson is tall for 154 so a move up to 160 might not be much of a transition. Since both men are promoted by Lou DiBella, it seems like an easy fight to make.