Maccarinelli switches shows but still fights on Saturday

Maccarinelli switches shows but still fights on Saturday

Swansea’s light-heavyweight Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30KO) has seen the venue for his comeback bout switched but the banger from Bonymaen will still box on Saturday. ‘Big Mac’ was originally scheduled to appear on Frank Warren’s show in Widnes but the show was unexpectedly cancelled yesterday afternoon. Instead, Maccarinelli will now appear on Steve Wood’s show at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The former WBO world cruiserweight champion, who is now trained by Gary Lockett in Cardiff, will face a late replacement in an international contest. The opponent will be Hungary’s Gyorgy Novak (5-2, 3KO), a seven-fight novice professional who as previously fought in the cruiserweight division. The 29-year-old has only fought in Britain once, winning by first round stoppage. There had been plans for Maccarinelli to challenge for the vacant European Union title and then a fringe Inter-Continental title but both routes have been blocked by circumstances and late withdrawals. The Welshman is currently ranked fifth by the European Boxing Union, with world rated contenders Karo Murat, Robin Krasniqi and Erik Skoglund among the few boxers ranked above Maccarinelli. Maccarinelli has hoped to rematch WBA Regular champion Juergen Braehmer following an unsuccessful challenge 11 months ago, which saw the 34-year-old perform admirably before a horror eye injury forced a fifth round retirement. However, Braehmer has swerved a return and since successfully defended his title against Roberto Bolonti and Pawel Glazewski, winning via a Unanimous Decision and stoppage respectively. The southpaw faces fellow German Robin Krasniqi next week and should Braehmer be victorious, he’s expected to face Cefn Fforest’s Nathan Cleverly in the Autumn, who he shares an eventful history with Despite competing for one of the many WBA straps relatively recently, Maccarinelli is no longer ranked amongst the sanctioning bodies top 15 boxers. Maccarinelli has recently relinquished his Commonwealth title, just after Leeds’ Bob Ajisafe was nominated as mandatory challenger, in search for higher honours but he’ll have to bide his time for the time being.

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