Enzo Maccarinelli

"Big Mac"

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Real name

Enzo Maccarinelli

Nickname(s)

Big Mac

Rated at

Cruiserweight

Nationality

British

Birth date

August 20, 1980 (1980-08-20) (age 28)

Birth place

Swansea, Wales, UK

Stance

Orthodox

Boxing record
Total fights

30

Wins

28

Wins by KO

21

Losses

2

Draws

0

No contests

0

Enzo Maccarinelli (born August 20, 1980 in Swansea, Wales) is a professional boxer and former WBO World Cruiserweight champion.

 Professional career

On May 12, 2000, Maccarinelli suffered his first defeat at the hands of southpaw Lee Swaby. Swaby, from Lincoln, England, sent Maccarinelli down with a crushing right hand, knocking Maccarinelli down in the third round. Maccarinelli never took the rematch against Swaby.

On June 28, 2003, Maccarinelli, known as "the Big Mac" won the vacant WBU cruiserweight title when he defeated Bruce Scott by fourth-round TKO.[1] He has defended the title seven times since then.

On July 8, 2006, Maccarinelli fought against former WBC cruiserweight champion Marcelo Fabian Domínguez for the WBO interim cruiserweight title. Maccarinelli won the title with a ninth-round TKO.[1] On September 22, 2006, Johnny Nelson relinquished the WBO world cruiserweight title, and so Maccarinelli was promoted to full champion status.[2]

On October 14, 2006 Maccarinelli made his first defence of the WBO title, stopping past opponent Mark Hobson in the first round in a fight that was widely expected to last the distance (as indeed the first fight between the pair had). This was followed by another first round win over Bobby Gunn on April 7, 2007 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. In which he knocked his opponent out in the first round in stunning fashion leaving Gunn with a bloodied face and broken nose.

On 21 July, 2007 Maccarinelli defended his WBO cruiserweight championship against former WBC champ Wayne Braithwaite and won by unanimous decision, after dominating the match.On 3 November, 2007 Maccarinelli successfully defended his WBO cruiserweight title against Mohamed Azzaoui winning by TKO in the 4th Round.

Maccarinelli’s next fight was an all-British unification fight against the WBA/WBC champion David Haye. The fight took place on the 8th March at the O2 Arena, London and was much hyped in the weeks running up to the event, being given the tagline “bombs away” (referring to the high KO percentages and punching power both men boasted). Maccarinelli lost the fight and his WBO belt when he was knocked out in the 2nd round. A right hand by Haye knocked Maccarinelli down towards the end of the round and although he was able to get back up it was on unsteady legs, and after taking several more hard shots the referee stepped in to stop the fight. [3]

Maccarinelli is scheduled to make his return to the ring on the 6th of December 2008 when he will face off against undefeated American Jonathon Banks. The fight will be for the IBO cruiserweight title held by Banks and also Maccarinelli’s old WBO belt, which was vacated by Haye when he moved up to the heavyweight division. The destination of the fight is unknown, due to the rumour that Amir Khan (who is also fighting on the same date and is also promoted by Frank Warren) will be fighting on the undercard of the De La Hoya vs Pacquiao fight, due to Khan appointing Freddie Roach (Pacquiao's trainer) as his trainer.[4]

 Personal life

Maccarinelli attended Bishop Vaughan Catholic school in Swansea. He studied there until sixth form but then carried on with his Boxing career. He is married and is now trained by Joe Calzaghe's father Enzo Calzaghe.

He is a passionate Swansea City supporter, and has appeared at the Liberty Stadium.