Maccarinelli set to replace McKenzie, face Kucher for EBU belt

Phil Jay 13/05/2016

Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli has the chance to regain the European cruiserweight title on June 10 as the ex-world champion has been put forward to fight Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher at York Hall.

Kucher was due to battle Ovill McKenzie for the currently vacant strap, although the Derby man is out of the fight and Maccarinelli was the next in line with the European Boxing Union as confirmed by both the British Board and EBU this week.

The 35 year-old has been in good form lately having dispatched of his last three opponents inside the distance, culminating in a crushing victory over faded former pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr last December.

Maccarinelli held the EBU belt briefly in 2010 when defeating Alexander Kotlobay in Russia, but was blown away by Alexander Frenkel just five months later in what was a sickening knockout in Birmingham.

The Swansea man has the chance to move closer to a world title shot if he can manoeuvre his way past Kucher next month and put only a second dent in the 31 year-old’s record.

Kucher’s only other loss came against WBC title challenger Ilunga Makabu in 2013, although the 200 pound contender did card a draw last time out opposite Bilal Laggoune in his first bid to claim the European title on Belgian soil.