Enzo Maccarinelli destroys Russian in one to take Euro title

Enzo Maccarinelli has revived his career in the most dramatic way possible this evening by stopping Russian Alexander Kotlobay in 135 seconds to grab the vacant European cruiserweight title.
After a couple of lefts to the body, the Welshman hit the St Petersburg man with a cracking right, felling him in the process.  Kotlobay rose and upon backing into a corner, Maccarinelli picked his shots - a right uppercut and left hook made the Russian's legs wobble and referee Erikk Meronen halted the action.
Although Kotlobay had fought no one of note, he was 18-1-1 going in and had never been stopped.  Fighting in his home city's Yubileiny Sports Palace, he was favoured on paper against former WBO champ Maccarinelli who suffered consecutive reverses in 2009 against Ola Afolabi and Denis Lebedev before being eased back with two first round stoppages.
Few, if anyone, expected the very likeable Swansea man to get a third first-round stoppage on the bounce.
Wow.  Notch up another European title for Britain!  We now have an incredible ten European titlists and if John Murray v Gary Buckland goes ahead as scheduled, the tally will increase once again.


Crolla V Murray

A lot of people consider the lightweight bout taking place in Manchester this weekend between Anthony Crolla (27-4-1) and John Murray (32-2) to be a very close call indeed. The contest, in UK's second biggest city on Easter Weekend, is for the WBO lightweight Inter-continental title, but the significance of the result means more than the marginal title as it will put them a step closer to a world title fight. Even if this isn't immediately forthcoming, the division is stacked in Britain, and can throw up some massive domestic scraps.

Fight Reports

Crag Whyatt v Ben Moorish, Camden Centre, 11th April

Last Friday at the Camden Centre, Morden super featherweight Craig Whyatt (7-1) liquidated Plymouth’s Ben Morrish (3-8-2) in the first round to bag the Masters Bronze super featherweight belt. This was scheduled for eight, but when Morrish tried to turn it into a brawl he quickly came off second best after Jeff Hinds halted proceedings following his third knockdown.