Maccarinelli set for shock rematch in world title bid
Updated 3:34pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in Sport
ENZO Maccarinelli is being lined-up for another shock crack at Juergen Braehmer’s WBA world light heavyweight title, the Argus can exclusively reveal.
Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, saw his dream of becoming a two-weight world title holder turn to a nightmare in Rostock last month after he suffered a sickening injury.
Braehmer caught Maccarinelli with a head butt and two stiff shots to the right eye in their dual last month and the injury caused Maccarinelli to compete for four more rounds half blind.
Cwmbran trainer and former world title contender Gary Lockett retired Maccarinelli for his own safety in the battle after 15 punishing minutes and the Bonymaen boxer was taken to a nearby medical facility in Germany.
He’s since been assessed in the UK and incredibly, Maccarinelli had only heavy swelling and bruising, not as suspected, a broken or a fractured eye socket.
So not only can Maccarinelli look forward to a return to the ring in the coming weeks, he’s also being lined-up for a rematch after wowing the German public.
The Argus has learned the fight proved a big draw on German TV with a viewership exceeding three million and that hasn’t gone unnoticed.
And Maccarinelli’s promoter Frank Warren has confirmed to the Argus a rematch is now in the works.
“We can say that talks about a rematch have started, we are in discussions with Braehmer’s people,” Warren spokesman told Argus Sport.
Meanwhile, trainer Lockett has confessed the decision to pull Maccarinelli out of the clash in Rostock was the hardest of his career.
The 37-year old was in the corner for only his second fight at world level and admits he was under intense scrutiny.
“It was hard for me, I’m not an experienced trainer, I’m still learning myself and I was lucky to have a lot of experience with my corner men.
“They were saying Enzo was still going well, but the eye was bothering him and that bothered me.
“With a novice I think my instinct would’ve been to throw in the towel there and then.
“But with Enzo, it was his last big chance and he was desperate to carry-on.
“Ultimately, I tried to give him enough time to look for a stoppage, but I can’t and won’t ever gamble with health for the sake of winning a fight.
“I’d have liked the referee or the doctor to make the decision for me, but it wasn’t to be and I had to do what I felt was right.”
Lockett’s decision, combined with the class Maccarinelli showed post fight in praising the victor, appears to have gone over well with the German public.
The rematch, which is likely for early June, will most certainly once again be an away day for Maccarinelli.
Lockett’s next big fight will see Gavin Rees in a hotly-anticipated rematch with Gary Buckland on the Matchroom show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on May 17.
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