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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 21:28 GMT 22:28 UK
Macca destroys Kristiansen
Enzo Maccarinelli v Jesper Kristiansen
WBU cruiserweight title
Newport Centre
Enzo Maccarinelli made an impressive fifth defence of his WBU cruiserweight title with a third-round stoppage of outclassed Dane Jesper Kristiansen.

The Swansea champion dropped Kristiansen in the second with a high right to the head.

The challenger rallied early in the third, but a wicked left hand to the body cut him in two and he was stopped with 56 seconds remaining of the round.

Maccarinelli is targeting a December showdown with WBO champion Johnny Nelson.

For that fight to become a reality, Nelson will have to come through Saturday's defence against Rudiger May in Germany.

The crowd at the Newport Sports Centre were treated to a polished and destructive performance from the 24-year-old Maccarinelli.

He clearly rocked Kristiansen with body shots in the first round, the 32-year-old welder from Varde wincing and backing away from the composed attacks.

A damaging, two-fisted attack early in the second caused more damage, the champion following that up with accurate jabs to the face.

The Dane went down for the first time after Maccarinelli landed a right, and looked ready to quit with 50 seconds remaining.

Enzo Maccarinelli stops Jesper Kristiansen with a vicious left to the body
I've thrown a few beautiful body shots in my time, but that was up there with the best
Enzo Maccarinelli
He bravely rallied and landed a few punches of his own as the Welshman went looking for the knockout early in the third.

But the lanky Kristiansen was an easy target for Maccarinelli's stinging body shots, and when the champion landed cleanly the fight was over.

"I went back to basics in the gym and got aggressive for this fight," said Maccarinelli after his win.

"I knew it was only a matter of time. Kristiansen's a good counter-puncher, but I didn't give him the space to do that.

"It was nice to fight someone taller than me so I could get my body shots off.

"I've thrown a few beautiful body shots in my time, but that was up there with the best.

"I want to say all the best to Johnny [Nelson] for his fight, but if I get my chance against him I'll take it."

In the chief support fight, Cwmbran middleweight Gary Lockett stayed on course for a WBU title shot with a third-round stoppage of Michael Monaghan.

Light-welterweight prospect Tony Doherty of Pontypool gave another stylish performance, dropping veteran Keith Jones in the second round.

The durable Cefn Hengoed fighter held on to take Doherty the full six rounds, but lost heavily on points.

Newbridge's Gavin Rees maintained his unbeaten 22-fight record in winning his second bout at his new division of lightweight.

However, he was put on the floor in the second round by journeyman Carl Allen, though he won a comfortable decision over six rounds.

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jamie Arthur won a six-rounds points decision over Buster Dennis at featherweight, but took some bad cuts to the eyes in the process.

Newport lightweight Bradley Pryce suffered the fifth defeat of his eventful career, taking a four-round hammering at the hands of impressive Nigerian Olympian Ajose Olusegen.

The London-based African dominated the first three rounds before piling on the punishment in the fourth, Pryce taking a standing count, bravely continuing, but being stopped when out on his feet.

Nineteen-year-old Barrie Jones won a stylish four-round decision over David Hinds, the second win of his fledgling professional career.

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