Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we're going inside the boxing ring to chat about this weekend's slate of fights from Atlantic City on HBO Boxing After Dark, which airs Saturday at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Matthew Macklin, @mattmacklin, (chats at 1 p.m. ET) faces Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KO) as the British-Irish Macklin (29-5, 20 KO) tries to come back from a loss to Gennady Golovkin back in June. The Russ-Macklin fight will be the first bout during HBO's telecast. Macklin is ranked No. 9 in Dan Rafael's divisional rankings.
Following Russ-Macklin, Glen Tapia, @RealGlenTapia, (chats at 1:30 p.m. ET) squares off with James Kirkland (31-1 27 KO). Tapia (20-0, 12 KO) already has four wins in 2013.
Both fights are on the undercard of the junior featherweight title bout as champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO) faces Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO).