• Light-heavyweight

Enzo sets sights on McKenzie then Cleverly

ESPN staff
May 15, 2013
Enzo Maccarinelli's November bout with Ovill McKenzie was halted by referee Ian John-Lewis © PA Photos

Enzo Maccarinelli has admitted he wants an all-Welsh showdown with Nathan Cleverly - but has first set his sights on a rematch with Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Ovill McKenzie.

The last time Maccarinelli and McKenzie went toe-to-toe was back in November, when the Swansea-born star was robbed of the chance to add the only belt missing from his collection when the fight was halted by referee Ian John-Lewis in the second round - much to the bemusement of Maccarinelli, his team and the watching crowd.

And speaking to ESPN's Steve Bunce, Maccarinelli admitted a showdown with Cleverly, born a few miles down the road in Caerphilly, will happen, but the 32-year-old made it clear where his priorities lie.

"There's a big fight out there between Nathan and me and people are talking about that. It would be huge for world boxing, British boxing, Welsh boxing.

"But I want that McKenzie fight, I want to put that to bed before anything else obviously I've got to put McKenzie away in good style as well.

Speaking of the previous meeting between the pair, Maccarinelli admitted that, even several months after the fight, he still can't understand the decision to stop the bout.

"On the night, I was pretty much the same weight as my previous fight - 13.4, 13.5 stone. But then I've been used to giving hammers to them and going in with 15 stone men. I didn't feel his strength, I didn't feel his power. Don't get me wrong, he's still dangerous.

"Coming home in the car, I thought to myself, maybe I'm giving me and John-Lewis a hard time and maybe he's seen something which I didn't feel. But I've watched the DVD of the fight and I still can't believe it. Unfortunately that's the way my year went."

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