Boxing’s fight of the year could happen in London tomorrow night. Cruiserweight champs Enzo Maccarinelli and David Haye have been trading insults for years and cannot wait to clash at London’s O2 Arena. Londoner both fighters are heavy punchers But also have suspect chins which is why it is unlikely to go the distance.
Haye, 27, the WBC and WBA title-holder, said he can beat Welshman Maccarinelli, who holds the WBO belt, inside a minute of round one. Haye also claimed he has fought at a higher level than Maccarinelli, also 27.
Maccarinelli has won 28 of his 29 paid fights, including 21 knockouts, while Haye has 20 wins from 21 fights, including 19 inside the distance.
Given these statistics it could be the most explosive domestic contest since Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank II in 1993. Promoter Frank Warren is confident the O2 Arena in Greenwich, which holds 18,000, will be a complete sell-out on the night. As usual, the big fight will be shown at the home of boxing, Jillian’s Bar, (under World Gym).
‘I’ve trained for a tougher fight than Mormeck but I don’t expect it. I just feel I’m a better athlete than him,” said Haye, predicting an early knockout victory.
Maccarinelli shies away from verbal spats, although he believes Haye is in for a surprise. “I don’t care if people doubt my credentials, I’ve never been more motivated,” he said. “He has definitely under-estimated me but I don’t care. He’s delusional if he thinks he’s going to knock me out in the first round. He’s not as good as he thinks he is.”
Haye is the favourite