By Phil D. Jay
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5-0, 25 KO’s) is to make a return to the boxing ring after announcing his intention to shed 20lbs to make the light-heavyweight limit for the first time in his twelve-year professional career.
The 30 year-old has seriously contemplated retiring from the sport after suffering another crushing knockout defeat in his last fight in September 2010 against Alexander Frenkel, his fifth career loss and all of which were bad knockouts.
He now plans to shed a stone and half to trim down to the 175lb limit and will be hoping to keep his power, even though he is boiling down to a whole new weight division and will be looking to add to his 25 career knockout victories in the near future.
"We've had some really good Welsh fighters on the scene in the past couple of years but between Joe's (Calzaghe's) retirement and myself it has slowed a little," Enzo told thisissouthwales.co.uk.
"But now there are these young guys coming through and I am coming back to fight in the light- heavyweight division because my desire is still strong.
"Although I have made a few mistakes in recent years, I still want to be a fighter."
Although no date has been officially pencilled in, there is speculation that he could be added to fellow Welshman Nathan Cleverly’s world title bill on April 2nd at Wembley Arena and are even seeing a possible future match-up between the two fighters.
Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net