AN EAGERLY-awaited opportunity for Bulwell boxer Shane McPhilbin to win back his British cruiserweight title has been scuppered — because of an injury to illustrious opponent Enzo Maccarinelli.
The bout was scheduled for Friday (June 22) at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.
Bosses at the British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) had stepped in to order the fight after controversy in the original title match-up when former world champion Maccarinelli won on points to prise the belt away from holder McPhilbin (26), pictured.
For on that night, at the same venue back in March, there was an incredible blunder in the first round by the timekeeper, who cut the opening stanza short by 47 seconds.
Maccarinelli had been floored and was in big trouble at the time.
However, the respite allowed him to recover and he went on to win the bout on points after 12 scrappy rounds.
Welshman Maccarinelli (31), who once fought ex-world heavyweight champion David Haye, immediately offered to give McPhilbin his re-match.
But the fight cannot go ahead after the former WBO cruiserweight champ injured a hand during a training camp.
McPhilbin’s manager, Carl Greaves, reportedly said: “I am gutted because we were hard done by in the first place.
“I don’t know how bad the injury is, but the fight must go ahead by September. If he is not fit, he will have to relinquish and Shane will fight for the vacant belt.”
The original clash was only McPhilbin’s 11th fight of his professional career, compared with the 40th of Maccarinelli’s.
It was back in January that McPhilbin shot to fame when stepping in as a late replacement to fight then title holder Leon ‘Solid’ Williams.
Despite tasting canvas twice, McPhilbin recovered and landed a Rocky-esque knockout in the final round.