Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5(26)) returned to his winning ways as he decimated his Hungarian opponent Gyorgy Marosi (12-1(8)) in the Welshman’s light-heavyweight debut.
In the first round of action in Maccarinelli’s highly-anticipated return to boxing at London’s York Hall, he managed to force a referee stoppage after just over a minute gone, with a barrage of punches that culminated with a ferocious left hook followed by a right to the head.
The stoppage was deemed early to some, but that was deemed enough punishment to the 34-year-old Hungarian for referee Geoff Hines to step in and stop proceedings. Marosi offered no real protest to the decision.
It was an emphatic return to the ring for Maccarinelli, who, in his 14 months away from boxing, has recently found a role commentating for new British boxing channel Boxnation.
For the fight, Maccarinelli reunited with former trainer Enzo Calzaghe to reignite the career of a former world champion. The 31-year-old from Swansea may be entering the latter stages of his career, but looked in great shape and sharp as ever in his debut at 175 pounds.
The 25lbs weight cut from cruiserweight does seem a lot for a boxer, but Maccarinelli looked at ease, dwarfing Marosi, and he believes he has always belonged in his new weight class:
“I always should have been a light-heavyweight. With a strict diet I make the weight easy. I hit hard as ever at light-heavyweight.”
Trainer Calzaghe is also confident that Maccarinelli can make some noise as light-heavyweight, saying:
“I talked with Enzo and I convinced him he should be a light-heavyweight. I knew all along he wasn’t a cruiserweight. He can be the hardest puncher in the world at light-heavyweight.”
Whether Maccarinelli could make a bid at fellow Welshman Nathan Cleverley’s WBO title or not, this is a welcome addition to a stagnating weight division still ruled by veteran Bernard Hopkins.
Domestic bouts with fighters such as Tony Bellew would definitely be a fight that would intrigue fans and really show how far the Welshman can go in this new chapter of his storied career.