Surely The End For Enzo Maccarinelli After Brutal Loss To Denis Lebedev

by James Slater - Last night in Manchester, on the (annoyingly) non-televised portion of the show at The M.E.N Arena, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales lost yet again. Coming back after a shock 9th-round TKO defeat at the hands of Ola Afolabi in March (this loss being just one fight removed from Enzo's quick KO loss at the hands of David Haye), Maccarinelli wanted to get his career back on track against unbeaten Russian contender Denis Lebedev. He failed.

Coming in once again as the favourite according to most experts, 28-year-old Maccarinelli, with new trainer Karl Ince working with him (Ince having replaced Enzo Calzaghe) was battered to defeat for a fourth time in total. Okay, we can pretty much forget the 2000 loss to Lee Swaby, but the big-hitting Welshman, in being hammered to a 3rd-round TKO defeat by the 29-year-old Russian southpaw, has now lost three of his last four fights. The writing is surely on the wall..

Enzo Maccarinelli
There were excuses after losing to Haye and then Afolabi, but no-one will listen to anything of the kind from Maccarinelli after this heavy defeat.

Speaking post-fight, Maccarinelli did appear to have faced facts:

"To be honest, I'm just devastated," Maccarinelli said. "I don't think I've got it anymore. I trained hard but nothing went right for me, I felt a bit gun-shy."

Credit must be given to Lebedev, who certainly was not gun-shy. His left hooks to the head that ended matters were impressive, and the now 18-0(13) contender will be hoping to build on his career-best win.

As for the likeable Maccarinelli, maybe he just wasn't all that good to begin with. These words may seem harsh, and to be fair, Enzo was a world champion and he managed fine wins over guys like Wayne Braithwaite and Marcelo Fabian Dominguez. But it cannot be denied that he lost the biggest fights of his career and that his chin let him down on a number of occasions.

A pro since October of 1999, Maccarinelli gave it his best shot and punched for pay for almost a decade. But surely the end is here now.

Article posted on 20.07.2009

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