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Written by Jake Wallwork

Return of the Mac


After having two successful victories at light heavyweight, ex cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli will jump back up to cruiserweight to fight Shane McPhilbin for the British title. McPhilbin won the British title when he stopped Leon Williams in the 12th round whilst down by multiple rounds on all of the judges’ scorecards.

McPhilbin was the underdog when he won the British title, he is also the underdog in his first defence, but can he be the 6th man to knockout Enzo Maccarinelli?


The good thing about McPhilbin is that he will always have a punchers chance. As I mentioned earlier he was way behind at the time he stopped Leon Williams, so at any point in the fight if he connects with clean punches he can do damage. But so can Enzo Maccarinelli, Enzo punches harder, has better technique and more experience than McPhilbin. So unless McPhilbin gets lucky with one punch, it’s Enzo’s fight to lose.

If you watch McPhilbin’s fight with Leon Williams, you will see that he isn’t a defensive genius. He is there to be hit to the head and body. So I have no doubts that McPhilbin will lose this fight by knockout, but it’s just a question of how many clean punches to the head and body McPhilbin can take before getting stopped.

I think McPhilbin has a good chin, but from the early to middle rounds Enzo’s constant body attack should have an effect on McPhilbin and the fight should then come to an end.

Punchbag blog picks Enzo Maccarinelli to beat Shane McPhilbin by knockout from rounds three to six.

What’s next for the winner?

Originally cruiserweight prospect Tony Conquest was supposed to be fighting Leon Williams for the British cruiserweight title, but Conquest had to pull out and in came McPhilbin. So I should think that the winner of this bout will have to defend their title against Conquest. I think McPhilbin would happily fight Conquest, but I don’t see him getting past Maccarinelli.

So the question you have to ask yourself is, “will Enzo fight Tony Conquest next?” my answer is no. I think this fight against McPhilbin is simply a stay busy fight for Maccarinelli and if all goes well and he wins the British title, then he will move back down to light heavyweight in an attempt to fight Nathan Cleverly.

My answer in short is – McPhilbin will fight Tony Conquest if he wins. And Maccarinelli will go back down to light heavyweight if he wins.

The under card

There is another cruiserweight fight on the undercard. Unbeaten Chris Keane takes on veteran journeyman Remigijus Ziausys. Another unbeaten prospect, Thomas Costello will have his 10th professional fight at light middleweight. Grant Cunningham and Steven Pearce are also looking to stay unbeaten and Karl Spencer makes his professional debut.

To sum up, I expect the main event to be entertaining while it lasts, I don’t see the fight going the distance nor do I see McPhilbin winning by knockout. I think Maccarinelli is the all-round better boxer who should put an end to the fight before the halfway point. After this we will see Maccarinelli back down at light heavyweight campaigning for a world title fight against Welsh rival Nathan Cleverly.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this fight.