Saturday, March 8, 2008

Haye Makes Quick Work of Maccarinelli

(photo by Tom Casino)

In the Battle for Britain, David "The Hayemaker" Haye destroyed fellow U.K. WBO titlist Enzo Maccarinelli in two rounds at the O2 Arena in London.

If the fight was decided on the physical build of the fighters, Hayes won the fight at the weigh in, even though Maccarinelli was in tip-top shape. While Maccarinelli said he would win the fight on a decision, Haye told everyone and anyone who would listen that this would be an easy KO for him and that making weight had not been a problem for him. The Adonis-like Haye proved prophetic, if not emphatic in his prediction.

The once beaten Haye made quick work of the formerly once beaten Maccarinelli after a very slow first round in which neither fighter took the initiative to the heavily hyped fight.

The second round foreshadowed what was only a matter of time. Haye caught Maccarinelli with two strafing straight rights. Maccarinelli unwisely ate them and looked to, as former cruiserweight champ and former Showtime commentator, Bobby Cyz, always said, "get his pound of flesh."

Haye caught Maccarienlli with another right hand flush on the jaw near the corner. This time Maccarinelli went down but broke his fall by hanging onto the ropes and pulling himself up. Big Mistake. His great, fighting heart would cost him as Haye, always a dangerous finisher, toppled him again with another right hand.

Maccarinelli struggled to his feet, walked toward referee John Keane, did a 360 turnaround on very unsteady legs and nodded that he was ready to go on. Luckily for him, Keane was very clear-headed and wisely saved the fighter from certain danger.

Evander Holyfield, three-time former heavyweight great, was ringside for the fight. Haye, who has already made a successful trek to the heavyweight division, is looking to return to the land of the giants. Here's to hoping that Holyfield is not on the menu.

And In Other Fight News

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Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter became the first Nigerian heavyweight titlist after kayoing Oleg "The Big O" Maskaev for the WBC portion of a division in shambles.

The fight was a fairly exciting affair as both fighters took turn stunning each other with hard shots beginning in the third round and ending in the sixth as the oft-ko's Maskaev took one too many right hand from the powerful Peter.

The win sets Peter up for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in a fight that saw the latter multi-titlist floored three times by Peter prevailing through a decision.

Campbell Tames the Bull

Nate "The Galaxy Warrior" Campbell won a mild upset over the precocious veteran Juan "The Baby Bull" Diaz over 12 hard-fought rounds. Thought the fight was close for the first five rounds, a big change came in the sixth when Diaz was badly cut on his left eyelid from a punch by Campbell. The harder hitting Campbell never let up and Diaz seemed to be toward the latter rounds, even being late in getting off his stool in the 10th.

But Diaz showed a maturity to equal any champion as he gamely traded with Campbell to end the 12th and final round. It was too little too late as Campbell won a split decision, though it should have been unanimous, close as it may have been. Next for Campbell may be the winner of the Joel Casamayor-Michael Katsidis fight.

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