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Maccarinelli vs Braithwaite in Cardiff on July 21

Dynamite punching Enzo Maccarinelli has promised to puncture 'Big Truck' Wayne Braithwaite when they meet at the Cardiff International Arena on July 21. It is now confirmed that the 25-year-old from Swansea will make the third and hardest defence of his WBO World Cruiserweight title against the power-punching Guyanan who has knocked-out 18 of his 24 opponents. Big Mac is relishing the opportunity to match Braithwaite's firepower with his own - that has sparked out 16 of 27 opponents inside the first three rounds - and is confident of making him blow-out..

" The man left standing will be the one who hits first and hits hardest and that will be me," said Maccarinelli.

" I'm looking forward to feeling his power and seeing if he is able to take mine.

I've been dropped in the past against Bruce Scott and got back up to win and there is a real danger it could happen here but I aim to put a puncture into Big Truck before he does that,"

" I reckon the fans will see a real toe-to-toe war that could be like Joe Calzaghe's two round blockbuster against Byron Mitchell a few years back."

Braithwaite, who is based in New York and is promoted by Don King, is ranked #3 in the WBO and #5 by the WBA.

He won the WBC crown with a win over Vincenzo Cantatore in the Italian's backyard in October 2002 and will not be worried about tackling Maccarinelli in front of a partisan Welsh crowd.

Maccarinelli added, "The better the opponent the better I perform and Braithwaite is an experienced boxer and a dangerous puncher who will give me the extra edge in training to prepare,"

" He has a record littered with knockout wins and is a former world champion so I hold him in high regard but I don't see anything other than a win for me,"

Promoter Frank Warren said, "Enzo is one of the hardest punchers in the world and he's taking on a guy who can certainly punch himself so we could be in for fireworks on the night. This is great fight for Enzo and we could really see him in the trenches and pulling out his big guns to stop Braithwaite,"

" It's a fantastic main event and we have a top quality card to support it with Alex Arthur and Gavin Rees challenging for World titles backed up with Welsh stars Gary Lockett, Tony Doherty, Kerry Hope, Nathan Cleverley and Barrie Jones."

Article posted on 14.06.2007



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