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Written by Jake Wallwork

In a fight dubbed “The return of the Mac”, Enzo ‘Big Mac’ Maccarinelli returns to the ring tonight after a year long lay off where he will be fighting in his debut at Light Heavyweight. The fight takes place at Bethnal Green Arena in London with a fight card that also consists of one heavyweight clash, one cruiserweight, two other light heavyweight fights and a light welterweight bout. 

Enzo is looking to get back to winning ways after losing three of his last six fights at Cruiserweight. He has teamed up with his ex-trainer Enzo Calzaghe, Joe’s dad, with whom he won his WBO Cruiserweight title with back in 2006. For his return to the ring, ‘Big Mac’ has re-invented himself as a Light Heavyweight. Whether this is a good move or not remains to be seen; we will find out when steps into the ring tonight. Maccarinelli has certainly spared no effort in his preparation for the fight; he has sparred with the likes of Tony Bellew, who at the same time was preparing for his big fight with Nathan Cleverly.

The man Enzo will be fighting is Gyorgy Marosi. He is an unbeaten boxer from Hungary with a record of twelve wins from twelve (eight by knockout). Marosi has fought at many different weights varying from 163 to 197 so I don’t know what weight class Marosi actually belongs in, and neither does he.

This is a difficult fight to predict because there are many factors which will prove vital to the outcome. For example, Enzo is coming into this fight after being out of the ring for almost a year so he may suffer from some ring rust. He is coming down in weight and came in three pounds over the Light Heavyweight limit at the weigh in on Thursday, so this weight class is a struggle for the former cruiserweight champion.

There is also his health to consider. Enzo has suffered from five knockouts in an eleven year career, three of which were brutal (vs David Haye, Denis Lebedev and Alexander Frenkel). Whether or not he can take a decent punch anymore will come into play in this fight. He may find his chin has taken one too many hooks.

The fact that Enzo is knockout prone, may be weight-drained at Light Heavyweight and is facing an opponent who has a 67% knockout ratio makes a career sixth knockout defeat a possibility.

Enzo isn’t without his defenses though. He has a five and a half inch height advantage, a superior reach and will weigh more than Marosi on fight night. Those three physical advantages will give Marosi trouble and the Hungarian will have to get his tactics spot-on.

Even though Marosi has a perfect record of twelve out of twelve with eight ended by knockout, he isn’t a brutal puncher. A lot of his fights have been against journeymen who have the punch resistance of a pumpkin, and his knockouts have come in lower weight classes. Even if he were considered a big puncher at Super Middleweight, it doesn’t mean he will be at Light Heavyweight.

Enzo will win this fight on a decision or late TKO. Marosi simply hasn’t fought anyone who is capable of testing him so we don’t know how well he will cope under pressure. With all of Enzo’s issues of being knocked out five times and moving down in weight, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him being knocked out once again, but it probably won’t happen against Gyorgy Marosi. It will most likely happen in a fight with Nathan Cleverly or Tony Bellew, possible opponents for him if he wins tonight.

Let me know what you think of this match up. Do you think it is a good idea for Enzo to move down to Light Heavyweight, or should he stay away from the ring altogether? If he wins tonight, who would you like to see him fight next?

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Written by Jake Wallwork (@WallworkJake on Twitter)