McPhilbin on Maccarinelli: I’d have been banned for life!

Phil Jay 19/07/2012

Shane McPhilbin has opened up to WBN on former opponent Enzo Maccarinelli’s recent six-month ban for testing positive for a banned substance and has branded the former champion’s actions ‘a disgrace’ to the sport.

The former British cruiserweight champion, who lost his title to the Swansea fighter in March, follows Maccarinelli’s former trainer Enzo Calzaghe in condemning the actions of the 31 year-old fighter.

“Well I think it’s a disgrace that someone of his profile can sink to drugs,” McPhilbin told World Boxing News.

“He got six months ban, but if I had done it I would have been banned for life.”

McPhilbin, 26, put Maccarinelli down in the first round of their meeting at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton and controversy reigned when the Welshman was saved by the bell 47 seconds before the end of the round.

Maccarinelli went on to take the title via a unanimous decision on the scorecards and McPhilbin believes the post-fight drug test results make the victory even more tainted in the wake of recent developments.

“I think the fight we had has become even more of a farce even after the time-keeper got it wrong in the first fight and I will just be focusing on becoming British champion again in my next fight,” added McPhilbin.