Enzo Calzaghe doesn’t want Maccarinelli to fight Cleverly right now
By Sean McDaniel: Trainer Enzo Calzaghe doesn’t want to see his fighter former cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KO’s) fighting WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly any time soon.
Instead of putting Maccarinelli in with Cleverly, which was the original plan when Maccarinelli moved down from the cruiserweight division, Calzaghe wants Maccarinelli to go in his direction and seek a world title against one of the other light heavyweight champions. Calzaghe wants Maccarinelli to fight Cleverly in the future but not until he’s found success on his own.
Speaking with walesonline.co.uk, Calzaghe said “It might be the fight the Welsh public want to see but it is not the fight I want to see. This is because I respect the both of them and don’t think they need to fight right now. Maybe further down the line but at the current moment I would prefer to see Enzo do his own thing and fight for another world title. He does not need Nathan Cleverly at the moment and Nathan does need him. “
It’s true that the fight is too premature to be made at this time. Maccarinelli, 31, has only won one fight since being stopped by Alexander Frenkel by a brutal 7th round knockout last year in September. Although Maccarinelli did well to lose 20 pounds to fight at 175 for his last fight against Gyorgy Marosi at light heavyweight, the other knockout losses that Maccarinelli has suffered in the past are still fresh in the minds of boxing fans. Maccarinelli would be much better off putting together a long win streak before he ever faces Cleverly.
He really doesn’t need Cleverly in order to find fame because he did well without him in the past. Maccarinelli is the better known fighter and there’s no telling what he can accomplish at light heavyweight.
Maccarinelli looked a lot different in his fight against Marosi compared to how he used to fight. It was almost as if Maccarinelli has been studying a lot of Wladimir Klitschko’s fights because he mainly used his jab and left hook in his win over Marosi. Maccarinelli kept the fight at a distance using his long reach and repeatedly nailed Marosi with left hooks while going backwards.
Maccarinelli didn’t try to get in close to throw body shots like he used to do, which kept him from getting hit by Mariso. In the past, Maccarinelli often fought like a short fighter by coming in close and battling near his opponent to throw body shots. When Maccarinelli started suffering knockouts, it was strange that his trainer didn’t do anything to try and alter Maccarinelli’s fighting style to make him more of an outside fighter in the Wladimir type of fighting style.
However, it looks like that’s what has finally happened now that he’s moved down to light heavyweight. If Maccarinelli continue to fight on the outside like this, he could find a lot of success, although I still think he’ll have major problems against the better fighters in the division like Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud.