Enzo Maccarinelli - "I'll Do Them All!"

27.01.09 - by James Slater - Enzo Maccarinelli is a determined man. Ever since his quick, 2-round blow-out loss at the powerful hands of David Haye, the Welshman, who carries formidable power in his own hands, has sought to prove he is way better than he looked in March of 2008. Now that "The Hayemaker" has departed the cruiserweight ranks in search of heavyweight glory, the division is more or less wide open. The 28-year-old former WBO 200-pound champion intends to fill the gap and rule over the weight class as soon as possible..

Maccarinelli gets the first chance to begin his cruiserweight rule this coming March 14th, when he will face the once-beaten (but never stopped) Victor Ramirez of Argentina, in a fight that is expected to be for the vacant WBO belt. A win here would see the exciting, if vulnerable, banger well on his way towards achieving what he wants. Ramirez, 14-1(12) will be no pushover, though. In forcing the highly touted Russian, Alexander Alexeev to quit on his stool after 9-rounds in Germany on Jan. 17th, the 24-year-old proved how dangerous he is.

Maccarinelli, 29-2(22) says he fears no man in his weight division, and is already looking ahead to bigger things.
The Welshman spoke to Sky Sports about his upcoming fight, along with his newfound training regimen - a strengthening program he says has given him even greater power and ability.

"After the David Haye fight I re-evaluated the situation," Maccarinelli said. "I took things for granted [before the Haye loss] - because I made the weight easily I'd allow myself a treat here and there. I'd done the weights thing and my arms got big, but that just didn't suit me and didn't feel right.

"So I started doing some strength and conditioning work such as hitting a tractor tyre with a fifty pound sledgehammer for three minutes, non-stop. The first time I tried it I nearly collapsed after five rounds. I do that for twelve rounds [now]. That's changed my shape and added extra strength and power, without slowing me down. It's helped a lot."

And it is as this newly re-modelled fighter that Enzo goes into battle with the tough Argentine. Finally, after a frustrating 2008, where, post-Haye, he was unable to land himself a meaningful fight, the 28-year-old gets another chance at the big time.

Maccarinelli says he is more than ready not only for Ramirez, but for any cruiserweight out there.

"I have no fear of anyone," Maccarinelli stated. "I want to take out the best in the division. I'll do them all."

Phase one of "doing them all" takes place on the under-card of the fascinating Khan-Barrera lightweight clash at The M.E.N Arena, Manchester.

Article posted on 27.01.2009

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