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Enzo Maccarinelli Tells Nathan Cleverly: Let's Fight!

By Mark Vester

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli, who wants to become a top light heavyweight, has challenged newly-crowned WBO 175-pound champion Nathan Cleverly to an all-Welsh clash. Maccarinelli was ringside at London's O2 Arena on Saturday when Cleverly retained his title for the first time with a fourth round stoppage of Aleksy Kuziemski. Cleverly wants the big names like WBC champion Bernard Hopkins, but Macca can't see promoter Frank Warren putting those two in the ring together, at least now at the moment.

"That's definitely a fight that's on the cards and what a big Welsh fight that would be - hopefully at Swansea's Liberty Stadium," said Maccarinelli to the BBC. "I don't think Frank Warren would put him anywhere near Bernard Hopkins. He's 46 years of age but he's still class. You saw the trouble he gave Joe. Some people questioned that decision but I thought Joe won very well. But Hopkins still caused trouble against the best fighter on the planet - Joe was the best fighter on the planet. Nathan is not the best fighter on the planet."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IIG on 05-23-2011

In what alternate universe was Joe Calzaghe ever the 'best fighter on the planet'?

Comment by Drunk Punch on 05-23-2011

Some people just can't wait to get knocked out again.

Comment by the_kid_08 on 05-23-2011

I take it Enzo still hasnt recovered fully from his last knockout

Comment by prinzemanspopa on 05-23-2011

Big Mac woke up one day and thought to himself,"Gee,I've been battered and knocked out in four of my last eight fights - what's the next logical move? Oh,I know,let's drain myself down to a weight that I've never made…

Comment by northernmonkey on 05-23-2011

Enzo has done nothing at LHW, i doubt he could even make the weight and if he could what would his punch resistance be like? he needs to earn it, fight a few contenders first mabye even Bellew and the…

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