When Boxing Became Something Else

By Ted Sares on June 8, 2015
When Boxing Became Something Else
"The referee got it wrong. It was a shame for Enzo to go out like that after all he's done."

Why he retired remains somewhat of a mystery, for it seems strange to retire undefeated at such a young age…

“Everyone deals with it (pressure) differently. Some drive fast cars, others go after beautiful women. Alexander is rather more the type to worry a lot about.”—Sauerland Event’s General Manager Chris Meyer

“Without wishing to be a bit crude he wasn’t going to amount to much IMO…even a cooked Enzo was walking all over him until he pulled a stoppage out of his ass. It’s all very well claiming he was just looking for a big shot but it didn’t suggest he was destined for great things against better fighters, he exposed Enzo’s chin and that’s about it.”—ESB poster named the Eskimo

“I was disgusted with the way the referee and Enzo’s own corner allowed him to continue to fight on…Anybody who knows boxing—and anybody who knows Enzo—would have been aware that the fight should have been stopped immediately.”—David Haye

Enzo Maccarinelli is a Welsh professional boxer. Nicknamed “Big Mac,” he is a former WBO cruiserweight world champion, and the current Commonwealth light heavyweight champion. His record is 39-7 but all of his losses have come by way of stoppage—some very brutal.

Alexander Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, has apparently retired with a record 23-0.  He last fought in September 2010 against Maccarinelli in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.  Why he retired remains somewhat of a mystery, for it seems strange to retire undefeated at such a young age and within touching distance of lucrative offers. Some say he was battling depression.

The Fight

“They say boxing is a man’s game and unfortunately that’s the sport I’m in.”— Maccarinelli

Maccarinelli had been ahead in the fight but was caught flush by a concussive neck snapping left-hook from Frenkel in the seventh round. Somehow, the Welshman picked himself up from the deck before Finnish referee Erkki Meronen had finished his count, but was still leaning against the ropes and was clearly defenseless. Everybody at ringside was shouting for the fight to be stopped, but Meronen apparently was suffering from decision paralysis.

Just three more quick-fire punches from Frenkel and Maccarinelli was down again and totally out. Boxing had needlessly become something else; something dark and dangerous. This was more than just sanctioned violence; this was something that left a pall over the proceedings. Maccarinelli should not fight again, and Meronon should not referee again.

The 30-year-old Enzo received treatment from medics for five minutes, being given oxygen as a precaution, before he was helped out of the ring. It was later determined that he had suffered a suspected broken jaw. He was extremely fortunate it was not worse.

Said David Haye after this seventh round slaughter, “It’s not for me to say whether Enzo should retire or not, but he needs to be surrounded by the right kind of people and he needs to listen to the right kind of advice.”

Frank Warren added, “The referee got it horribly wrong by letting it go on. It was a shame for Enzo to go out like that after all he’s done.”

Nonetheless, Enzo has gone 7-2 since this loss. Like many who are “chinny,” Enzo is also very heavy handed with a KO% of over 67%.

As for Frankel, he did not celebrate the win. Perhaps he was disgusted that the referee allowed his opponent to continue after the first knockdown. Perhaps he could visualize himself in those same circumstances. Whatever the case, the fight apparently ended a promising career!

Ted Sares is a member of the Ring 4 Boxing Hall of Fame (New England) and a member of Ring 10 (New York). He is one of the oldest active powerlifters and strongman competitors in the world and is the 2014 EPF Nationals Champion in the Grand Masters Class.

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  1. Kid Balst 03:43pm, 06/10/2015

    “MERONEN was the fighters’ last line of defense ..and he just stood there…rather than protect the Boxer !” I can’t say it any better, Biker Mike.

  2. Kid Blast 03:41pm, 06/10/2015

    Peter, he wasn’t thinking. It was horrible to watch because you just knew what was coming. This guy studied with the Marquis de Sade along with Smoger and Mercante Jr.

  3. bikermike 01:40pm, 06/10/2015

    Ted…we’ve talked about this more than once…and you refer to this theme in your books….many times.
    Boxing….is a dangerous , high contact sport…BUT…if properly officiated…a lot of concerns can ...and are addressed.

    When there are mismatches….or fighters given a license..who , perhaps weren’t thoroughly examined…or ‘gloving problems’...or foreign substances ...or failed drug tests….
    ...all of these are because the Officials failed to do their duties !

    If Boxing has any plans of coming back….in North America..big shake up is needed

  4. bikermike 01:33pm, 06/10/2015

    What can be done to insure this referee never officiates again…??

    IS BOXING LAW OF THE JUNGLE…...or is it a regulated sport…with rules and officials to protect the BOXER??

    MERONEN was the fighters’ last line of defense ..and he just stood there…rather than protect the Boxer !

  5. peter 01:09pm, 06/10/2015

    What was that ref thinking? I am reminded of the poor job of reffing done by Nat Fleisher during the Dempsey-Cowboy Luttrell bout.

  6. Kid Blast 07:16am, 06/10/2015

    But only in that way, FD. He was an unusual guy. Born in the Ukraine with a Jewish father and raised in Germany. He has been listed as one of the 10 best Jewish fighters of the last 20 years.. He just walked away from it all. Very depressing story. He was and is very complex.

  7. FrankinDallas 07:12am, 06/10/2015

    Frenkel resembles a pre-tattoo Katsidis.

  8. Kid Blast 04:47pm, 06/09/2015

    That is correct, Tex.

  9. Tex Hassler 03:53pm, 06/09/2015

    The truth is most fighters do not know when to retire or when to quit during a fight. Most simply will not quit even if they are on the edge of getting seriously injured. Most fighters have a code of NEVER QUITTING.

  10. Ted 02:36pm, 06/09/2015

    Thanks John. I used to really like Haye, but he has become a total non-entity. Coulda, shoulda, woulda, etc.

  11. John aka L.L. Cool John 01:31pm, 06/09/2015

    I never saw Enzo Maccarinelli fight, but I laughed at the David Haye quote: “It’s not for me to say whether Enzo should retire or not, but he needs to be surrounded by the right kind of people and he needs to listen to the right kind of advice.” In my opinion, Haye should read and listen to his own quotes.
    Nice breakdown, Ted, on a fighter I know very little about.

  12. Dollarbond 11:24am, 06/09/2015

    Got it.

  13. Kid Blast 10:30am, 06/09/2015

    I intend to Billy boy. Did you get the mailing?

  14. Dollarbond 09:56am, 06/09/2015

    Keep ‘Em coming Ted

  15. Kid Blast 07:05am, 06/09/2015

    Thanks Irish. . Enzo’s problem was that he could really punch but he couldn’t take one and that made him like Tommy Morrison to wit: very fan-friendly and exciting. If he didn’t get you, you got him.

  16. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:02pm, 06/08/2015

    Ted Sares-Great eye and a great telling as always. “Chinny”....which really means a punch resistance closer to the ability of the proverbial average male to take a punch and remain on his feet or remain conscious. I’ve seen a guy get KOd by an open handed slap to the side of his face for Christ’s sake. Pirog hasn’t fought since 2012 and he came damn close to killing the Miracle Man in 2010 when cancer couldn’t do it.

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