World light heavyweight title challenger Enzo Maccarinelli has decided to vacate the Commonwealth title instead of meeting Bob Ajisafe in a mandatory contest stipulated by the CBC.
The 34 year-old, who last fought in April 2014 losing out in five rounds to WBA champion Juergen Braehmer, was hoping to secure a rematch with the German at some point but has been overlooked by the southpaw three times in a row.
Maccarinelli is keen to be considered for top level opportunities at 175lbs before his hangs up his gloves and Commonwealth Chairman Simon Block gave WBN an update on the situation regarding their title on Tuesday morning.
“Further to our bulletin yesterday, champion Enzo Maccarinelli has confirmed that he is seeking other contests and will not be proceeding with his mandatory defence against Bob Ajisafe,” outlined Block.
“The title is now vacant and Bob Ajisafe may now box any other CBC approved challenger for the vacant belt.
“Consequently the purse bid opening scheduled for this coming Thursday 29th January is cancelled,” he added.
British champion Ajisafe, 29, is being lined up to fight in the spring, possibly in his hometown of Leeds, where the southpaw will be aiming to claim the Commonwealth title at the second time of asking following his loss to Tony Bellew in 2010.