Enzo Maccarinelli has power punchers Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson in his sights.
The ex-WBO cruiserweight champion tops the bill on Warrior Promotions’ show in Newport on Saturday, October 10.
Maccarinelli says the fight gives him the chance to “blow away a few cobwebs” before he challenges for the EU light-heavyweight title.
He’s the mandatory challenger for the belt, currently worn by Mehdi Amar, and should Maccarinelli beat the Frenchman, he’s hoping for another world-title shot before he hangs up his gloves.
Last April, he was ruled out of his challenge for Juergen Braehmer’s WBA title after his right eye was swollen shut and the 35 year-old said: “That’s the fight I really want.
“I don’t think that was settled properly. I don’t think that fight showed who the better man is.
“They have talked about it two or three times, but I have a funny feeling it probably won’t happen again.”
If that’s the case, Maccarinelli says he would jump at the chance to face either WBC boss Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev, who holds the WBO, IBF and WBA Super belts.
“Kovalev and Stevenson are beasts,” said Maccarinelli. “If I make a mistake against them, they are going to put me to sleep, but I reckon I can put them to sleep as well.
“I’m not kidding myself. I’m not saying I’m going to go in there and smash them, but would I go into my shell? No. I would go after them. I would give it them and if I get caught, I get caught. That’s the way I fight. I’m not going to hide on the ropes.
“I need fights that scare me. That’s when I’m at my best. I [expletive] myself against Wayne Braithwaite and people tell me that’s the best I’ve boxed.”
The win over ex-WBC boss Braithwaite came during Maccarinelli’s reign as WBO cruiserweight champion (2006-2008).
That followed a fan-friendly spell as WBU titlist during which Frank Warren described Maccarinelli as the hardest pound-for-pound puncher in world boxing.
Maccarinelli, trained by Gary Lockett, reckons he’s “probably fitter and stronger now than I’ve ever been,” but admits: “I haven’t got long left in boxing.
“The kids are growing up (Maccarinelli has five children aged between six and 21 years) and I have other things on.
“There’s a Premiership stadium in Swansea and to finish my career there next year in a world-title fight in front of a sell-out crowd would be amazing.
“There’s something in the pipeline that I’m hoping might come off.”
The show in Newport also features Mitch Buckland and Ally Black meeting for the vacant Celtic light-welterweight title, along with unbeaten talents Alex Hughes and Zack Davies and Bradley Pryce, the ex-Commonwealth light-middleweight champion.