It wasn’t to be for Enzo Maccarinelli as Dmytro Kucher picked up the vacant European Cruiserweight Title with a crushing first round stoppage win at York Hall.
On just four weeks’ notice after stablemate Ovill McKenzie pulled out through injury, Maccarinelli stepped in with a chance to become a two time European Champion.
Ukrainian Kucher had a more than decent record, with just one defeat to Ilunga Makabu on his otherwise perfect C.V.
Enzo started bright, employing his jab from range. But when swinging for his own bomb, which left him exposed for an incoming attack, shipped a straight right which sent the Welsh Warrior to the floor.
Kucher picked up the belt and potentially sent Enzo into retirement after a fantastic career spanning xx years, which saw Maccarinelli picked up a World Title at Cruiserweight.
On the undercard recent signing ‘Lethal’ Lucien Reid dazzled on his BoxNation debut. Reid demolished Trayan Slavev to continue his unbeaten streak to 5-0.
‘The Beast’ Anthony Yarde showed why he’s one of the most talked about prospects in the country with another early knockout victory. The likeable Londoner may lack amateur experience but certainly makes up for it with the dynamite he possesses in both hands.
Injury to Ovill McKenzie has opened the door for Enzo Maccarinelli to fight Dmytro Kucher for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title headlining York Hall on Friday 10 June.
The Welsh warrior dismantled legend Roy Jones Jr back in December to kickstart his latest jaunt at World honours.
Victory here against the tough Ukrainian would certainly propel Enzo into the mix. It's also a chance for the 35 year old to become a two time European Cruiserweight Champion.
Kucher is a dangerous operator with a more than respectable 23-1 record, with his sole career defeat coming against Ilunga Makabu on a majority decision.
Maccarinelli carries a height and experience advantage in what has all the makings to be a small hall classic!
It’s sure to be a tasty event mixed with some of the hottest talent on the undercard such the big hitting Anthony Yarde.