News April 2014

Lockett: Enzo is a little past his best but still has the power to KO Braehmer


By Michael J Jones

Tonight in Germany, Swansea’s former cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli looks to cap a superb comeback by ripping the WBA 175lb championship from reigning champ Juergen Braehmer. Who could have guessed a few years ago, after several brutal knockout defeats to the likes of David Haye and Ola Afolabi up at cruiserweight, Enzo would be challenging for another world title?

While huge credit must be bestowed on the big-hitting Welshman for persevering with his career when many urged him to quit, credit must also go to trainer Gary Lockett for resurrecting the 38-6 (30) Maccarinelli.

Big Enzo, five inches taller than Braehmer at 6’4”, has won his last three impressively inside the distance, looking close to his best and clearly has a puncher’s chance tonight. Braehmer’s the firm favourite but has met few with the spine-tingling punching power of his challenger.

Livefight was able to speak to Lockett a few days ago and found him confident though keeping realistic about the fight...

“Camp has gone very good for the fight” begins Lockett. “It always goes good as Enzo is so dedicated. There’s been a few little niggles but at his age (33-years-old) there will always be something.”

Both light-heavyweights are in the later stages of their careers with Enzo 33 and a veteran of 44 fights and Braehmer 35-years-old and 42-2 (31). It may come down to who has the more left at this stage of their fifteen year careers (both turned pro in late 1999).

“I don’t think its worth talking about what Braehmer has got left” Lockett says before explaining, “it’s not a factor as his style means he doesn’t get into tough fights. I feel right now he’s pretty much at the top of his game and as good as he’s ever been.”

“Having said that I really can’t tell you how many genuine world-class fighters he’s fought in his career.”

Enzo will be the harder puncher against the southpaw champion but the WBA ruler is no slouch either with 31 inside-distance wins out of 44 bouts. What have the Welsh camp been working on in their bid to score a famous victory in Germany?

“Enzo has been working hard on his jab, moving his upper body and his defence. He still has the power to knock anyone senseless; it’s just about being patient and waiting for the chance to land those big shots.”

“We know it’s going to be hard but we’ve prepared as best we can.”

Undefeated Lockett fighters are also on the bill in Lewis Rees and Liam Williams. Both take on more-experienced and durable opposition on the Germany bill. Gary acknowledges both his prospects need to put in solid performances...

“They are both fighting two guys who have never been stopped and are tough and will go hell for leather from the start. Lewis and Liam are boxing away from home and it will be a good experience for them. Both lads have been promised big fights if they come through (tonight’s) contests so its all about keeping their eye on the ball and staying focussed.”

Many thanks to Gary for speaking to Livefight so close to the fight. Box Nation screens the full German card from 7pm tonight.

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