Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Juergen Braehmer: Head-to-Toe Breakdown of Both Fighters

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Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Juergen Braehmer: Head-to-Toe Breakdown of Both Fighters
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Enzo Maccarinelli, one of Britain's most popular fighters of the past decade, travels to Rostock, Germany, as a heavy underdog for his fight with Juergen Braehmer on Saturday.

The WBA "regular" light heavyweight title will be on the line, but this is not a proper world title, as the WBA "super" light heavyweight champion, Beibut Shumenov, will put that belt up as collateral in a unification bout against Bernard Hopkins later this month.

Hopkins is expected to win that fight, and there's a reasonable chance he will then fail to meet the WBA's obligations and therefore be stripped of the title.

In that scenario, the winner of Maccarinelli-Braehmer may eventually be "upgraded" to full world champion status. Such is the flavour of boxing's thicker yet less satiating alphabet soup.

In the meantime, be duly skeptical of the fight hype and, in the event of an Enzo victory, the inevitable, spurious claims he has become a two-weight world champ.

Maccarinelli's popularity comes, to some extent, because his kill-or-be-killed record in the ring has always brought plenty of excitement.

Thirty-six of his 44 fights have ended by stoppage either for or against, an 82 percent ratio. If you ignore four-round fights at the start of his career, that rises to an incredible 94 percent.

Braehmer can't quite compete with that, but he is an entertaining German world champion who has acquired a belt and defended it on home turf without seriously looking to unify divisions or travel abroad for greater plaudits.

Here's the breakdown for this potentially explosive European clash.

 

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