When it comes to national stereotypes, that of German efficiency must be one of the most redoubtable. Whilst their football team has brought flair into their game in recent years, there was nothing flashy about Braehmer's performance on Saturday.
After an even opening salvo or two, the light heavyweight put Maccarinelli under serious pressure at the end of Round 1, inflicting the decisive eye injury in the process.
Whether or not the Braehmer corner did or did not know what was being said in the Maccarinelli corner, it must have known that the Welshman could not fight for long with such severe facial damage.
Braehmer therefore boxed very carefully from the second round, aware that an early knockout was now Maccarinelli's only real chance of winning.
Some fighters would have taken the injury as encouragement to push for a KO then and there, but Braehmer did the opposite, being happy to win rounds undramatically and wait for the inevitable.
The German also held extensively, tying up Maccarinelli's arms when he got into punching range. In a 12-round fight, warnings for that might result in points being taken away, but Braehmer knew the fight wasn't going long enough for that to happen.
You could question if Braehmer could have performed better from Round 2 to 5 with a handicapped opponent, but he simply wasn't willing to risk taking anything back the other way.
Such a performance won't have won the hometown fighter many international fans, but he must be doing something right given the size of the sold-out crowd and promoter Kalle Sauerland's estimate of 4-5 million fans watching on German TV (the figure mentioned in an interview with BoxNation's Steve Lillis).
Given the popularity of the Klitschko brothers in Germany, it is obvious that efficient, ruthless displays go down well with the fans there, regardless of how boring they might seem to overseas viewers.