Braehmer-Maccarinelli for WBA title on April 5

04/02/2014 20:16

Swansea's former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6) will box Juergen Braehmer (42-2) for the WBA light heavyweight title in Rostock, Germany on April 5.

Maccarinelli is a voluntary defence for German Braehmer, who, although not particularly active, is unbeaten in his last eleven fights going back to 2008 and has held the European and WBO titles before capturing the vacant WBA belt in December with a points win over Marcus Oliveira.

Maccarinelli first competed around light heavyweight in 2011, before a brief step back up to cruiserweight to contest the British title against Shane McPhilbin, which he won in controversial circumstances. Maccarinelli subsequently tested positive for a banned substance called methylhexaneamine, contained in ‘fat burning’ product he had been using in the build up. He was banned for six months.

After being stopped prematurely in their first meeting, Maccarinelli went on to capture the Commonwealth title from Ovill McKenzie in August last year. This is almost certainly his final attempt at a world title.

"I have fought away in Russia before so going over to Germany holds no fears for me at all," said the Welshman.

"Whether you love me, hate me, can't stand me, all the boxing fans know that when the bell rings I will give it everything I've got. I love this sport and do it for nothing other than that."

Maccarinelli moved to Gary Lockett's Gym in 2012 after a short lived reunion with former coach Enzo Calzaghe. Lockett has played a huge part in turning his career around, and said:"Braehmer's a very good fighter and it's a difficult challenge for Enzo, but maybe he's getting him at the right time. He's older than Enzo and I think he's the weakest of the world champions. I think he's beatable and Enzo's just got to jump on him from the start, don't give him any room and force him to fight.

"Even becoming a Commonwealth champion and getting a world title shot is a story in itself given that everyone, including me at the time, called on him to retire. But he has proved us all wrong, and if he wins this one they'll be making a film on his life story."