Enzo Maccarinelli clambered off the canvas twice to win the British cruiserweight title with a unanimous points victory over Shane McPhilbin at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on Friday night.
But the bout was laced with controversy from the start when the timekeeper wrongly called an end to the first round with 47 seconds still left on the clock and the Welshman still reeling from an early knockdown.
Having had his training licence denied by the British Boxing Board of Control, legendary trainer Enzo Calzaghe was forced to watch from the stands as his longtime student Enzo Maccarinelli picked himself up off the canvas twice to capture the British cruiserweight title on Friday night.
If Kerry Hope’s European middleweight title win on the weekend was like something out of a Hollywood movie that’s because the Merthyr Tydfil man rewrote the script himself.
With Enzo Maccarinelli returning to the ring as a light-heavyweight on Friday night, it means the Calzaghe Gym is back in business. We caught up with its patron Enzo Calzaghe to get a tour of the old rugby clubhouse in Newport, Wales, now a museum of sorts to the greatness achieved by its fighters.
In our quest to find the greatest boxing songs of all time we spoke to some of the great and the good of the sporting fraternity, boxers and boxing fans. We asked them for their favourite songs to come in the ring, to train to or just the songs that remind them of why they love boxing so much. They’ve thrown up some all time classics, some eyebrow raisers and a couple of WTFs. So have a look, play a few tunes and shadow box, skip or run to your hearts content.
New WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has dismissed a challenge from his former stablemate Enzo Maccarinelli stating he wants to go to America to prove himself.
Having rejoined old trainer Enzo Calzaghe for a comeback at light-heavyweight, Maccarinelli has put his name in the hat for a shot at Cleverly revealing he is happy to go back on his word never to fight his old friend.
Cleverly sparred countless of rounds with Calzaghe as a young prospect in Enzo Calzaghe’s Newbridge gym and even fought on the undercard of Joe’s big fight nights six times.
As boxing men will tell you, the relationship between any trainer and his boxer is like that of father and son. The trainer opens the doors to his gym, instils discipline in his fighter, and is the first to congratulate when he wins and pick him up when he falls.
For Enzo Calzaghe the ‘father’ bit was not optional. The Welsh trainer coached his son from the amateurs to the championship, and was in the corner for every one of his 46 professional fights, of which the pair managed to lose none.
If Fabio Capello were to lead England to glory next year at the 2012 European Championship, his achievements would still pale in comparison to the last Italian to shepherd British passport holders to titles in a sporting arena. That man is Enzo Calzaghe, and the boxing dynasty he constructed in the Welsh valleys will take some beating in terms of achievement.
Enzo Maccarinelli has reunited with former coach Enzo Calzaghe in a bid to win a world title in the light-heavyweight division.
Having ignored calls to retire after his last defeat to Alexander Frenkel for his European cruiserweight title, Maccarinelli has dropped down in weight and is hoping to return to form under the coach that took him to the summit of the cruiserweight division.