Following the EBU’s decision to put a possible clash between former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli and Erik Skoglund to purse bids for the vacant EU 175lb title, the Swede’s promoters Sauerland have told WBN they are fully behind the move.
Skoglund, 22, was pitted against Maccarinelli after initial contenders Dariusz Sek and Hakim Chioui pulled out of the contest and Sauerland are now hoping to arrange a deal with Frank Warren with the deadline looming on July 11.
Warren has earmarked Nathan Cleverly’s upcoming WBO title defence against Sergey Kovalev for Maccarinelli’s next outing, with Skoglund now in line for a first UK fight after racking up 17 straight wins.
I have to admit that I was unsure that Skoglund would be allowed to put his perfect record on the line away from his recent home comforts in Scandinavia, but Sauerland have assured WBN that they would approve the fight if a deal can be worked out for both sides.
“Absolutely the fight can go on,” said Kalle Sauerland told World Boxing News when quizzed on the possibility of the title bout.
“We think it makes an excellent fight wherever it is held and we have much respect for Macca. This will be a clash of the generations and a real acid test for Skoglund and we are happy for it to be in the UK.
“We are currently in negotiations, but if we don’t find a solution either way then it will go to bids,” he added.
32 year-old Maccarinelli has scored four wins from five since shedding the necessary 25lbs to make the light-heavyweight limit and still hopes to challenge Welsh rival Cleverly in the next twelve months.
Picking up the fringe European belt would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Swansea man, although the dangerous Skoglund will be no walk in the park and should make for another exciting battle at the Motorpoint Arena on August 17 if agreed.