Maccarinelli makes his heavyweight debut

Enzo Maccarinelli will make his heavyweight debut when he takes on Matthew Ellis over ten rounds at heavyweight on Saturday night at the ExCeL London. The big-punching Welshman has stepped up after his WBO cruiserweight title challenge against Francisco Alvarez was called off after the Puerto Rican failed a medical. Alvarez was ruled out with high blood pressure after making the 200-pound limit..

"I'm really pissed off with everything that has happened so when I get in that ring I'm going to be an angry man throwing bombs," said Maccarinelli, who has seen, for one reason or another, Johnathon Banks, Herbie Hide and now Alvarez ruled out of the fight.

"These things happen in boxing, it's been a bad year but I can end it on a high by smashing up a good heavyweight and then look forward to fighting for the WBO world cruiserweight title next year."

"First I've got to deal with Ellis, and given the weight I'm going to be giving away it's a dangerous fight,"

"To be honest though I'd have fought King Kong tomorrow night if it meant stepping back between the ropes. I've been champing at the bit since the Haye fight, and Ellis is going to get it big style,"

The rest of card at the ExCeL will still go ahead as planned, with two mouth-watering fights lined up.

Amir Khan will aim to return with a win when he tackles Oisin Fagan in a challenge for the WBA lightweight title, while Martin Rogan and Audley Harrison meet at heavyweight.

Derek Chisora, who was supposed to be meeting Ellis in an eight rounder, will still box on the card.

Article posted on 06.12.2008

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