Newly-crowned British cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has been ordered to give former title holder Shane McPhilbin a rematch in the next six months by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Kugan Cassius and the iFilm London cameras caught up with Frank Warren at the press conference to announce the BoxNation tie up with Golden Boy Promotions. As well as the big deal the master promoter did not mix his words when the topic turned to Enzo Maccarinelli’s controversial British cruiserweight title win over Shane McPhilbin last weekend. Warren calls for Enzo’s retirement before the interview is gatecrashed by his son George to push his new concept show Box Academy.
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.
There was a real life ‘Rocky’ feel about Shane McPhilbin’s thrilling last round ‘come from behind’ British title win over Leon Williams last January. And in an interview last week, the grounded Bulwell cruiser told boxing writer Glynn Evans how he intends to prolong his Hollywood tale when he faces off against hammer-fisted former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli on Friday.
Pictures from Friday night’s British cruiserweight title humdinger at the York Hall between Leon Williams and Shane McPhilbin. Challenger McPhilbin picked himself off the canvas in rounds one and six to score two knockdowns of his own in the last round, forcing the ref to stop it and raise his hand as the new British cruiserweight champion.
Super Six contender Arthur Abraham returned to winning ways on Saturday night, stopping Argentinean Pablo Farias after five rounds in Offenburg, Germany.
Having started off at his usual slow pace, Abraham put together some hard combinations to put Farias down twice in the fifth, before a third knockdown led to referee Manuel Maritxalar to call an end to proceedings.
The last people to come out of South London with the ‘Solid’ moniker were a 30-man strong urban music collective that faded into obscurity as quickly as they shot to fame. Just as well Leon ‘Solid’ Williams is made of different stuff.
Hailing from the streets of Streatham, Williams has already picked himself up from three defeats to win the British cruiserweight title in his short 12-fight career – the last thing he intends to do is fade into obscurity.
Queensberry Promotions kicks off the domestic boxing calendar on January 13 with a cracking card from York Hall, which sees British cruiserweight champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams make his first defence against Shane McPhilbin.
Williams revealed he has undergone a tough training camp over the festive period and has made sure that any Christmas turkey has been accompanied by a huge amount of hard graft at the Trad TKO gym in Canning Town.
Michael Sprott has won the fourth edition of Prizefighter heavyweights, triumphing over Matt Skelton in the final by a split decision.
Sprott takes home the trophy and £32,000 prize money for the night’s work, which started with a unanimous decision over former finalist Danny Hughes and continued in the same vein when he cruised past novice Shane McPhilbin by the same result in the semi-final.