By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ENZO MACCARINELLI is out to put a Hollywood-style ending on a movie-like career this weekend.
The Welsh light-heavyweight is aiming to become a two-weight world champion just two years after the credits appeared to roll on his blockbuster career.
After losing his WBO cruiserweight title in 2008 to David Haye, he suffered a further three stoppage defeats in the space of two-and-a-half years.
But it got a whole lot worse in a "horrendous" 2012 as his father and trainer Mario died in January before his British cruiserweight title win against Shane McPhilbin two months later turned sour.
Maccarinelli failed a drugs test after the fight when a banned substance from a dietary supplement was discovered and he was banned for six months.
He was also dealing with his son Romeo being diagnosed with autism before his comeback at light-heavyweight was spoiled by a controversial stoppage defeat to Ovill McKenzie later that year.
But three wins later - including revenge against McKenzie to win the Commonwealth title - he is now in Rostock, Germany to challenge WBA champion Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night.
Maccarinelli said: "2012 was horrendous for me and at that point I thought I would never be near this level again.
"I held on to the thing that I loved which is boxing and I thought my bad performances had to be down to what was on my mind.
"I have got the chance to put the good ending on my story - Rocky's my favourite film so I don't mind being compared to that.
"It has been a rollercoaster of a career but that's boxing - you win some, you lose some."
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