24th March 2012
Enzo Maccarinelli had to climb off the canvas twice before going onto controversially take the British cruiserweight title off champion Shane McPhilbin via a unanimous points decision at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on Friday night.
The Welshman was dropped in the first round with a big left hook from McPhilbin, but was saved from defeat by a premature bell which ended the session 47 seconds too early. If it was a mistake on the time keepers part, it was an almighty cock-up and a real injustice to the champion who was on the verge of pulling off a fantastic win and first defence of his Lonsdale belt.
The other option for an early bell is not worth thinking about and If our sport is going to stop being tarnished by corruption claims and taken seriously in the public eye, s**t like this has to be eradicated. Chisora and Haye did their best last month to put a hugh dent on the games image, and on the back of that boxing is being monitored and analysed by the knockers, ready to pounce and vent their spleen on boxing. – There needs to be a full investigation by the British Boxing Board of Control into this nonsense and a rematch ordered immediately.
Maccarinelli had recovered from the first round felling, but ran into trouble again in the third round. To his credit, the former WBO champion dug in deep and managed to get through the terrible start of the fight, to regain his composure and go on to win a twelve round unanimous decision with judges scores of 115-111 116-111 115-110.
Maccarinelli, 31, had to contest the bout without coach Enzo Calzaghe, who was not allowed in the fighter’s corner after having his licence withdrawn by the BBBofC last week. – Big Macc. realised a boyhood dream of winning the prestigious British belt and the proud Swansea man will want to surely put to bed any controversy attached to his win over McPhilbin with an immediate rematch.
By Chris Maylett