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Maccarinelli: I´ll Dump Braithwaite

04.07.07 - WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli appeared to have bitten off more than he could chew today - as he tried to come to terms with 35 tonnes of Big Truck! Maccarinelli defends his crown against Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite at the CIA, Cardiff, on July 21 on a bill containing three world title fights..

And he got in a bit of unusual practice ahead of the clash, with a visit today to a plant hire depot in his native South Wales. Once there, he got behind the wheel of a massive dumper truck.


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It was billed as the most powerful in the construction industry - and with a crashing of gears and a steadfast refusal to move an inch, at first it seemed it might get the better of the Swansea fighter.

But after an initial struggle, Maccarinelli eventually mastered the monster...a good sign ahead of his clash with Braithwaite.

" It gave me a bit of trouble for the first few minutes, but once I got used to its style there was no holding me back," said former brickie Maccarinelli, 26-1. "I soon showed it who was boss.

" And it's going to be the same against Braithwaite. He's held the WBC world title and is a dangerous puncher, but he's one big truck I'm running off the road.

" I've been punching harder than ever in training, and I feel so confident ahead of my fight.

" People keep saying it's a question of whoever lands first, but I'm so sharp there's no way Braithwaite is getting in ahead of me.

" I'm going to knock him out and show I'm the future of the cruiserweight division. I'm still only 26 and learning all the time, but I don't think there is anyone out there who can beat me."

Maccarinelli-Braithwaite heads an explosive card in the Welsh capital, which also features local lad Gavin Rees in a WBA light-welterweight challenge against champion Souleymane M'Baye.

Alex Arthur tackles KOba Gogoladze for the interim WBO super-featherweight crown, while Tony Doherty battles it out with Kevin McIntyre for the Celtic welterweight crown.

Gary Lockett, Nathan Cleverley, Barrie Jones, Kerry Hope, Kenny Anderson, Andy Morris and Don Broadhurst, plus debutant Harry Miles, feature on the undercard.

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Article posted on 04.07.2007



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