Braehmer retains as Maccarinelli suffers horrendous facial injury

Phil Jay 05/04/2014

WBA light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer made a successful first defence of his title after challenger Enzo Maccarinelli was struck down with a terrible eye ailment from the first round onwards.

Despite suffering a cut eye himself in the opening session, Braehmer managed to connect with a pummelling trademark left hand to spark the beginning of the end for the visiting Welshman.

Maccarinelli’s right eye immediately closed from the shot, and worsened considerably and over the course of the next four rounds, making it impossible for trainer Gary Lockett to allow his fighter to continue.

It meant a whimpering end to what could have been a fairytale ending to Maccarinelli’s career after the likeable 33 year-old moved down from cruiserweight to chase another world title at 175lbs.

To his credit, Braehmer, 35, was methodical with his choice of punches and it was always just a matter of time before the fight was halted, as the ringside doctor was called to the ring apron on more than one occasion.

It was left to Lockett to finally make the tough decision to dash Maccarinelli’s hopes of adding to his WBO cruiserweight championship and the Swansea man’s career now hangs in the balance.

Also on the bill in Rostock, Kubrat Pulev retired Ivica Perkovic in three rounds, whilst Tyron Zeuge and Jack Culcay also scored victories to make it a triumphant night for promoters Sauerland.

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