Earlier this week I caught up with Former Cruiserweight World Champion Enzo Maccarinelli
and we had a fairly nice chat on the highs and lows of his glittering boxing career, a surprising revelation about MMA and what the future might hold for one of Swansea’s and Wales favourite sons.
With 49 pro fights under your belt, and several Social Media posts indicating of 1 more to make it 50, how likely is it that we see you out for the ‘final one’ – and who realistically do you see it against and at what weight
I definitely want 1 more, I couldn’t finish on 49. I would love that 50th – I had 50 amateur fights as well, weight wise – I don’t know at the moment, I’m too small for cruiser and too fat for light heavy! Opponent wise – we will see if Clev (Nathan Cleverly, Former Commonwealth, British, European and WBO Light Heavyweight Champion) decides to come out of retirement. That fight would be great for Wales, but if he’s happy in retirement all the best to him.
You’ve had a glittering career with holding the British, European, WBU and WBO Cruiserweight titles, making 4 defences of the latter, as well as the commonwealth Light Heavyweight title, what for you was the highlight of your career?
I had so many great nights but for me it’d have to be the WBO win vs the granite jawed Marcelo Dominguez in the principality stadium. The atmosphere that night was amazing.
Would that also be your favourite knockout? To be fair, a lot of your fights have ended in highlight reel KO’s (some on the receiving end!) – but describe the best KO you delivered and how you felt achieving such a great knockout?
Probably yes, due to the fact that he had a reputation of being one of the hardest men around, and yes a lot of highlight reel Ko’s for and against, I always felt I was in the ring to entertain and didn’t want people to witness me win by tip tapping my way to a decision. I wanted to always go for the finish which got me in trouble at times.. I knew the risks but hey that’s who I am lol Enzo