It’s a busy weekend in Birmingham with no less than seven title fights to be decided and the betting experts at www.fightingtips.co.uk take you through the best value available.
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In a night littered with boxing celebrities, Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli’s latest outing on his comeback trail looks to be a particular point of interest for domestic fight fans. Lincoln journeyman Lee Swaby first exposed the talented Swansea orthodox’s suspect chin more than a decade ago but it didn’t stop Enzo going on to carve out a glittering career in the sweet science.
Early form saw the 30 year old pick up WBU and WBO honours and it was the latter title that saw him make three successful defences before a 2008 challenge against David Haye at London’s O2 Arena saw old frailties come back to haunt him.
Billed as an explosive meeting of big punchers, it looked to be a case of who landed their bombs first and it was the future heavyweight champion of the world who settled quicker, destroying Maccarinelli inside two rounds to leave his career in tatters.
They say it’s not about how you win but how you come back from defeat in this game which makes you a true champion but after the Haye reverse, Enzo’s career descended into farce, with two early knockout defeats following a year later.
At the MEN Arena in Manchester, Enzo looked a class above opponent Ola Afolabi, but the American based Londoner took everything the favourite had to throw at him before firing back in the 9th to stop Enzo in devastating fashion, shocking all in the Manchester venue. The same backdrop saw Russian puncher Denis Lebedev do a similar job inside just 3 rounds.
It was obvious something wasn’t right with the one time pride of British boxing but following a 5 month break from the ring, and changes to his backroom staff, the popular cruiserweight re-emerged with a new found passion, cutting down his next three opponents in the first round. The power and belief seems to have returned to the Welshman’s work and odds compilers make him an 8/11 favourite (bet365).
Challenger Alexander Frenkel is the polar opposite of the champion with the 25 year old German entering as a fresh behind the ears, undefeated fighter. Largely untested at this level the Ukrainian born, Warzburg based orthodox has strung together a 22 fight undefeated record and with an impressive 77% KO average of his own, it’s safe to say his camp won’t be losing any sleep over the home favourite’s power punching.
An IBF youth champion, Frenkel has yet to progress beyond 8 rounds since his 2006 debut and experts believe that lack of experience could prove a major stumbling block here with the 6ft 1inch cruiserweight offered at as much as 11/8 (Ladbrokes) in the betting ring.
Eight of the challengers last ten fights have been settled inside the distance, as well as nine of Enzo’s last ten, meaning this one not reaching the final bell is a narrow 1/5 (Ladbrokes) showing we have all the ingredients for a cracker.
We know Frenkel can punch but we don’t know how strong his chin is, Macca will tell us. We know Enzo can punch but we also know a solid shot on his button will put him over. It is a situation like this that experience comes into play. You can’t teach the champion’s previous, he has been in with some big hitters but looks to be on the road to recovery and I think his 8/11 price tag is big enough to get involved with.
Punters looking to take a gamble and swell their wallets may enjoy a play on another KO win for Maccarinelli at 11/10 (bet365).