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Maccarinelli set for July return

Enzo Maccarinelli
Maccarinelli has lost only two of his 30 pro fights

Former cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli returns to the ring on 19 July for his first fight since his defeat to David Haye in March.

Maccarinelli, 27, will feature in a 10-round contest in Birmingham.

On the same card, Audley Harrison will fight Belfast's Martin Rogan, his first fight in Britain since losing to Michael Sprott last February.

Harrison admits defeat would effectively end any hope he had of becoming a world heavyweight champion.

"I'm in a position where I have to beat Rogan and everybody else put in front of me from now on," said Harrison.

"I've had my ups and downs and a loss at this stage is fatal, but in my heart I know that I will win a world title."

I was never going to let the loss to David Haye be the end of my career

Enzo Maccarinelli

The 36-year-old Harrison, a former Olympic champion, knocked out Jason Barnett in Las Vegas in his last fight in April.

But the Londoner, who was knocked out in the third round by Reading's Sprott last year, looked far from impressive in disposing of the American journeyman.

Rogan, 37, achieved some notoriety by winning the recent heavyweight 'Prizefighter' tournament at London's York Hall and is unbeaten in paid 10 fights.

And he is confident he can be the man to destroy Harrison's dream of world domination once and for all.

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"I'm delighted to get a fight against a big name like Audley Harrison," said Rogan.

"He probably wouldn't know me if he passed me on the street, but he's going to know all about me when I land a big right hander on that porcelain chin of his.

"It is very fitting that we are coming up to the second Olympic Games since Harrison won gold in Sydney. On that anniversary he will have his career ended by Martin Rogan."

Meanwhile Swansea's former WBO champion Maccarinelli, who was demolished inside two rounds by Haye, admits he has to prove himself to the British public all over again.

"I was never going to let the loss to David Haye be the end of my career," said Maccarinelli, who has 28 wins from 30 pro fights.

"Even though I was absolutely devastated and at the lowest point in my life, I knew in my heart that I couldn't go out on a loss like that.

"Since then I've re-grouped, got my head together and now I'm raring to get back into the ring once again.

"People will be questioning whether I am lacking confidence or I'm gun shy but from the first bell they will see that I mean business."



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