Alexander Kotlobay vs Enzo Maccarinelli fight video, 27th April 2010

Forgotten man Enzo Maccarinelli claimed the vacant European cruiser-weight title with a stunning first-round stoppage of local favourite Alexander Kotlobay at the Yubileiny Sports Palace in St Petersburg.

After suffering three crushing defeats to David Haye, Ola Afolabi and Denis Lebedev, the Welshman’s career had come to a sudden halt and the call’s for his retirement, reverberated throughout the game.

But Maccarinelli has re-grouped, and he seems to have got the bit between his teeth again, for this next phase of his career that he hope’s will put him back into world title contention as he bids to regain the belt he lost when he was beaten in the second round by David Haye in London in 2008.

The 29 year-old Welshman took just 45 seconds to finish the job, dropping Kotlobay with texted book Maccarinelli right cross, which was the first punch of the fight to be thrown with any force, after a short count, Maccarinelli followed up pinning Kotlobay on the ropes, before ending the fight with a right uppercut which left the Russian sagging in the ropes.
“The European belt ranks you straight in the top 10 of the WBC. I’ll speak with my promoter Frank Warren and see where we go. I’ve always been the same, I’m happy to fight anyone on the planet. There are four world titles out there and it would be nice to have one of them.”
Kotlobay 30, had come into the fight with a record of 18-1-1 record, and 12 stoppages,  most coming early, proving his own punching power.
But for Maccarinelli’s this was the last chance saloon and anything but a win would have certainly meant him hanging the gloves up, but this puts him right back in the cruiserweight picture and back on the path of claiming the world title he lost to David Haye.
Maccarinelli turned down the chance of a lucrative appearance in Friday’s Prizefighter series in order to go for the European title, he now has the opportunity to become the first Welshman to reclaim a world title belt. By Chris Maylett for British Boxers
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