Enzo Maccarinelli may need to reconsider his future having been knocked out in the first round by Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher. The European Cruiserweight fought Kucher in London’s York Hall with the intention of making this fight a stepping stone to setting up another World Title shot. However, things didn’t go to plan for the thirty-five-year-old Welshman as he was caught early by a left hand and then seconds later the final blow caught Enzo Maccarinelli clean and sent him crashing to the canvas. Maccarinelli did his best to get to his feet, but referee Giuseppe Quartarone had no hesitation in stopping the fight deeming Maccarinelli unable to continue.
The former World Champion had pulled out all the stops in his efforts to revive his career. Working alongside his new trainer Gary Lockett things were progressing for Maccarinelli, he made the changes due to a run of four straight losses going back to 2008 when he lost to David Haye. This recent loss to Kucher has almost certainly sealed a retirement from boxing. Following the fight, Maccarinelli tweeted “Sorry guys. Felt OK in there, then got tagged. Absolutely devastated I had to end my career like that.”
If Maccarinelli was successful in his fight with Kucher his next opponent may well have been WBC Cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew. Despite the potential line up against each other the two are good friends out of the ring and Bellew told the media “I am really gutted for my mate, he is a decent bloke and a good fighter”.
Now it’s time for Maccarinelli to take this loss on the chin, sit down with his family and friends and training camp and look long and hard at his future. It may well be time to call it a day, but as all fight fans know, a real fighter never knows when to quit and is always prepared to put themselves back in the line of fire, let’s hope this time around he listens to those around him and makes the right decision!