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David Haye 'disgusted' at Enzo Maccarinelli knock-out

Enzo Maccarinelli is sent sprawling by Alexander Frenkel in Birmingham
Enzo Maccarinelli is sent sprawling by Alexander Frenkel in Birmingham

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye says that Enzo Maccarinelli's fight with Alexander Frenkel should have been stopped before he was knocked-out.

Cruiserweight Maccarinelli just beat an eight count before getting to his feet, only to be sent crashing again.

"I found it extremely upsetting and sobering to watch Enzo lose like that," said Haye after the Birmingham fight.

"I was disgusted with the way the referee and Enzo's own corner allowed him to continue to fight on."

Maccarinelli had been ahead on points in the first defence of his European title but was caught by a good left-hook from Frenkel in the seventh round.

The Welshman managed to pick himself up from the canvas before Finnish referee Erkki Meronen had finished his count, but was still leaning against the ropes and was clearly still unsteady on his feet.

It took just three more quick-fire punches from Frenkel to put Maccarinelli down again and end the fight.

Maccarinelli, 30, needed treatment from medics for five minutes, being given oxygen as a precaution, before he was moved.

It later emerged that the Swansea man had suffered a suspected broken jaw during the fifth defeat of his 37-fight career.

"I actually saw Enzo leave in the ambulance after the show on Saturday had ended, and it was quite an emotional sight," said Haye, who took Maccarinelli's WBO title in March 2008 before the Englishman moved up to heavyweight.

Referee Erkki Meronen examines Enzo Maccarinelli after his first knock down
Referee Erkki Meronen examines Enzo Maccarinelli after his first knock down

"He was hit by a huge left-hook, went down as though he'd been knocked clean out, and then somehow bravely pulled himself to his feet.

"Anybody who knows boxing - and anybody who knows Enzo - would have been aware that the fight should have been stopped immediately.

"He was in a far worse state following that first knockdown on Saturday than he was when I stopped him.

"However, the referee and corner stupidly allowed him to continue and we all saw what happened next. What were these people expecting Enzo to do at that stage?

"He was never going to turn things around in the state he was in. Everybody at ringside was shouting for the fight to be stopped, as we all knew what was about to happen."

Haye's view was echoed by Maccarinelli's promoter Frank Warren, who said afterwards: "The referee got it horribly wrong by letting it go on. It was a shame for Enzo to go out like that after all he's done."

Maccarinelli had claimed the vacant European crown last April by stopping Alexander Kotlobay in the first round of their fight in St Petersburg.

That win arrested a worrying run since losing his WBO crown in a unification bout with Haye, with Maccarinelli having suffered two devastating stoppage defeats against three victories over journeymen.

After Saturday's loss at the LG Arena, Haye has urged Maccarinelli to take his time in deciding whether he should continue his career in the ring.

"Enzo is one of boxing's true gentlemen and he'd shown a tremendous amount of guts and heart to rebound from defeat and win the European belt," added Haye, who defends his WBA heavyweight title on 13 November against British rival Audley Harrison in Manchester.

"I was desperate for him to win back his old world title but it just wasn't meant to be.

"It's not for me to say whether Enzo should retire or not, but he needs to be surrounded by the right kind of people and he needs to listen to the right kind of advice."

Maccarinelli was fighting on the same bill as compatriot Nathan Cleverly, who closed in on a world title shot after defending his European light-heavyweight title with a 10th-round stoppage of Karo Murat.

see also
Maccarinelli ponders retirement
20 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Warren wants Cleverly 'world' bid
20 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Impressive Cleverly defeats Murat
18 Sep 10 |  Boxing
Warren plots world path for Macca
04 Aug 10 |  Boxing
Maccarinelli 'can regain title'
28 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Maccarinelli wins European title
27 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Maccarinelli rules out retirement
20 Jul 09 |  Boxing
Maccarinelli faces end after loss
18 Jul 09 |  Boxing
Maccarinelli leaves Calzaghe camp
08 May 09 |  Boxing
Awesome Haye stops Maccarinelli
09 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Wales' boxing world champions
25 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Wales' pugilist princes
15 May 09 |  Boxing
Wales' boxing history in photos
24 May 09 |  Boxing
Enzo Maccarinelli in photos
27 Apr 10 |  Boxing

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