A nasty eye injury that shocked price per head sportsbooks put an end to Enzo Maccarinelli’s bid to beat German Juergen Braehmer and clinch the WBA light-heavyweight title.
Price per head services saw that in Rostock, the 33-year-old Welsh fighter suffered a heavily swollen right eye in the first round, and even though he bravely fought until the end of the fifth, his trainer Gary Lockett retired him on his stool, telling the referee: “I can’t let him go on, not with his face like that.
The Swansea veteran who’s very well known with price per head sportsbooks suffered several stoppage losses since his world cruiserweight title showdown defeat to David Haye six years ago, and the loss will probably see further calls for him to retire from the sport.
Maccarinelli believed that he had another shot at a world title in him and pay per head services saw that he started well, standing up to the German despite suffering the eye injury in the middle of round one.
Then two more blows from Braehmer made the problem worse, and price per head sportsbooks saw plenty of trouble ahead for the Welshman.
Maccarinelli’s eye was a mess. At the start of the second it was causing him problems with impaired vision, and Braehmer did his best to take advantage of the situation, sending some swinging hooks on his blind side.
The challenger was almost retired on his stool at the end of the second round, but pay per head services saw that he fought on, surviving the third round and then starting the fourth one on the front foot, landing a left hook that shook his opponent.
But the eye injury still stayed – the swelling now moving down his cheek – and Lockett warned his fighter than he had one more round remaining before he had to quit the fight.
That led Maccarinelli into one final push at the start of the fifth, but was unable to land a proper punch to end the contest and price per head sportsbooks saw that before the start of the sixth Lockett stopped the fight.
Pay per head services saw that the loss was Maccarinelli’s seventh from a 45-fight career, while Braehmer’s record improves to 43 wins, also from 45 fights.
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Braehmer said: “When you see it like that, you want to hit it even more. That’s boxing. I caught him well with my left. Then I wanted to be too spectacular. I wanted too much. It was good that it ended then.”