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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 November 2007, 00:36 GMT
Macca makes comfortable defence
By Ben Dirs

Mohamed Azzaoui and Enzo Maccarinelli
Maccarinelli (right) has now won 28 of his 29 fights
Enzo Maccarinelli defended his WBO cruiserweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Mohamed Azzaoui at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The Swansea man landed with a huge left to the body in round two and his Algerian foe never fully recovered.

Maccarinelli, again displaying fine all-round boxing skills, landed another massive left hook to the kidney in round four and Azzaoui was counted out.

Azzaoui cried foul, but replays showed the killer punch was a legitimate one.

The 27-year-old Maccarinelli started sloppily and was caught several times in the first round by his 31-year-old opponent, who was previously unbeaten in 24 fights.

He was ranked with the WBO, WBC and IBF and undefeated and I thought I did a good job

Enzo Maccarinelli

But Maccarinelli started working behind his jab in round two and his first punch of note, a cracking left into the ribs, was a sign of things to come.

A right uppercut also wobbled Azzaoui in the third round as Maccarinelli continued to demonstrate that he is far more than a slugger.

And Maccarinelli rammed home his advantage in the fourth when he caught Azzaoui off-balance and delivered a huge body shot to clinch victory.

"I'm enjoying this new-found stature as a 'boxer'," said Maccarinelli, who has now won 28 of his 29 fights as a professional.

"I'd seen some tapes and knew I could out-jab him, out-box him. He was ranked with the WBO, WBC and IBF and undefeated and I thought I did a good job.

"In the Calzaghe stable Enzo trains us to fight and we adapt on the night. I watched a bit of footage but not too much. I'm pleased with the performance.

"The plan was to keep throwing the jab, a couple of right hooks to the body switched it to the left, then back with the right and I threw a final shot which caught him and he had no chance of getting up from it."

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