McPhilbin saga rolls on as Enzo gives up belt

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BULWELL boxer Shane McPhilbin is waiting to find out who will stand in his way when he is handed the chance to regain the British cruiserweight title — after holder Enzo Maccarinelli relinquished the belt.

McPhilbin, who goes under the nickname ‘Mr Block’, lost the Lonsdale prize to former world champion Maccarinelli in controversial style when the first round was inexplicably cut short by 47 seconds in their original bout.

The Welshman was out on his feet but was able to recover sufficiently after the blunder by the timekeeper and won a unanimous decision over 12 uncompromising rounds.

The British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) ordered a re-match that was due to take place in Wolverhampton last week.

But the fight was axed because of an injury picked up by veteran Maccarinelli in training.

Now the ex-WBO cruiserweight champ has given up the belt with pundits expecting him to return to the light-heavyweight division.

McPhilbin (26) is now waiting to find out who he will fight in a bid to become a two-time champion after shocking the boxing fraternity by winning the belt against former champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams with a last-round stoppage in January.

Carl Greaves, McPhilbin’s manager, said: “By rights Shane should now be fighting John Louis-Dickinson.

“For some reason there is a delay in announcing an opponent. But the Board have assured me that Shane will get his chance.”

There could even be a fight on the cards against former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hyde, who is making a comeback.

The 40-year-old last fought a cruiserweight two years ago but said: “I can’t see any cruiserweight beating me. I am physically stronger than any of them.

“When I was in Germany, I had 14 cruiserweight fights and won them all.”

Elsewhere in local boxing, Greaves is also hoping to sign two talented amateurs, one of which is Hucknall-based Nathan Capeness, who has been beaten just once in 12 outings and has a fine pedigree in his former incarnation as a kickboxer.