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Enzo Maccarinelli's world title dream ends in disappointment

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Enzo Maccarinelli failed in his bid to become the first Welshman to win world titles at two different weights after suffering a gruesome eye injury that forced his trainer Garu Lockett to call the fight to a halt before the start of the sixth round.

The 33-year-old was confident of causing an upset prior to his WBA light-heavyweight title encounter on Saturday night, but after just 30 seconds an unfortunate clash of heads withchamp Juergen Braehmer effectively spelled the end of Maccarinelli's chances.

The Swansea man, who had previously been world cruiserweight champion, found himself up against a tough opponent who has lost just two of his 45 contests.

He had hoped his height and reach advantage and genuine one-punch knockout power would prove the difference, but the German was impressive in front of his home crowd in Rostock and took advantage of good fortune to press home his advantage.

A couple of great left hooks inflicted further damage to Maccarinelli's right eye, which swelled quickly and was entirely shut by the end of the bout.

The ex-Cruiserweight king's vision was heavily impaired by the injury and Braehmer took full advantage, proceeding to land left hooks and ruthless upper-cuts at will as he attempted to call an early end to the fight.

Maccarinelli survived the third round despite looking to be in some pain and came out for the fourth on the front foot, perhaps looking to end the fight himself with one killer blow with time running out before the doctor would surely stop the fight.

He landed a crisp left hook, to his credit, that briefly rocked his opponent but it was nothing more than a blip in what was a quite comprehensive first defence of the title for Braehmer.

The German was resistant to Maccarinelli's efforts in the fifth round as he failed to land a telling punch, and it was before the start of the sixth that his trainer, Gary Lockett, decided it was time to spare his man of any further damage.

Maccarinelli's seventh defeat from a 45-fight career end a run of three consecutive wins that rebuilt his career against all the odds, including a revenge stoppage of Ovill McKenzie to win the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title last winter.

It could well prove to be the Welshman's last shot at a world title and the brave boxer clearly felt a little hard done by.

Immediately after the fight Maccarinelli said: "I'd like to do it again. What can I do? I had one eye, he had two.

"I'm not going to say I would have won but I do believe it would have been a different story and a lot harder for him [without the eye closing].

"That's boxing isn't it - southpaw against orthodox, a clash of heads. I thought he came off worst but my eye started swelling straight away and then he caught me on it."

Lockett's brave decision to call time on a world-title opportunity could yet prolong Maccarinelli's career, but its another long road back towards contention for one of the toughest men in Welsh boxing history.

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