Boxer pushes ex-world champion all the way

McPhilbin (right) and Enzo Maccarinelli
McPhilbin (right) and Enzo Maccarinelli

BRAVE Bulwell boxer Shane McPhilbin lost his British cruiserweight title in his first defence — despite twice knocking down his opponent, former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli.

McPhilbin (26), who is nicknamed ‘Mr Block’, started the contest like a train but sadly fell short as his Welsh opponent took the title on points at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.

The 12-round battle headlined a card promoted by Frank Warren and shown live on TV as a pay-per-view presentation on the channel BoxNation.

The knockdowns came early on in a bout that was tinged with controversy after the first round finished 47 seconds short of the scheduled three minutes.

But the experience of Maccarinelli, who was entering the ring for the 40th time as a pro, told in the end against McShane, who was taking on his 11th professional bout.

For the judges unanimously came down on the side of Maccarinelli, who dedicated the fight to his late father, Mario, who died in January.

Despite being disappointed with his own performance, Maccarinelli praised the tactics of McPhilbin and immediately pledged to give the Bulwell fighter a re-match.

McPhilbin, who trains some of the time at the St George Amateur Boxing Club in Hucknall, said it was an honour to fight a man who previously held the WBO title.