Eye-injury ends Maccarinelli's world title challenge

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 06 2014 07:40 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2014 03:40 AM

BERLIN - Germany's Jurgen Braehmer defended his world light-heavyweight title on Saturday with a fifth round technical knock-out of Britain's Enzo Maccarinelli, who had his right-eye completely closed by an early punch.

Two punches in the first round effectively decided the bout as Wales-born Italian Maccarinelli was left boxing with only one functioning eye from the third round onwards.

The 33-year-old challenger, the current Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion and a former world cruiserweight champion, was in trouble early on after a heavy first-round punch caught him on the right eyelid and a second shot from Braehmer exaggerated the injury.

The swelling grew worse and although the ring doctor allowed the fight to continue after inspecting the injury in the third and fifth rounds, it was only a matter of time before the fight was stopped.

Maccarinelli's trainer Gary Lockett threw in the towel just before the start of the sixth round as the Welshman suffered the seventh defeat of his career, all by knock-out, in his 45 professional bouts.

This was Braehmer's first defence of the WBA title he won with a unanimous decision against Marcus Oliveira last December and was the German's 32nd knock-out in his 43rd victory from his 45th bout.

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