Gary Lockett: Enzo Maccarinelli has power advantage against Juergen Braehmer

Boris Streubel

Enzo Maccarinelli may be getting his last world title shot, but trainer Gary Lockett believes he has the thunder to make it count.

Enzo Maccarinelli's power could be the difference when he faces WBA "regular" light heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer this Saturday in Germany, according to trainer and former middleweight title challenger Gary Lockett, who says that Maccarinelli just needs to be patient:

"Enzo has to trust in his jab, trust in his defence and his technique and, if he does that, he's almost certainly going to land clean once in the fight. And, given how hard Enzo hits, once might be enough. He certainly hits harder than Braehmer does.

"Enzo has been knocking people out since he was 13. When you have that knowledge and confidence inside of you, there's a temptation to rush, force the knockout rather than just allow it to happen naturally.

"I constantly drum into him the need to be patient. He's such a naturally heavy handed puncher. I still don't think he really realises."

Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO) is without question a powerful puncher, and that has been the source of most of his success in the game. A former world cruiserweight titleholder and the current Commonwealth champion at 175, Enzo's main issues have been stamina, which has led to a shoddy defense at times, and that has exposed a bad chin.

But is Lockett right that Maccarinelli has the power to pull the upset on Saturday? Absolutely. He's got the kind of fight-changing power that really could turn any bout on a dime and end things in a flash. Braehmer is a good fighter and a solid technician, but Lockett isn't just blowing smoke here. The power of Maccarinelli is real, and could spell upset.

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