Make Haye again!
Johnny Nelson says Enzo Maccarinelli can only erase the memory of David Haye by fighting him again!
Last Updated: 13/03/09 8:23am
This is where Enzo Maccarinelli starts rebuilding his credibility.
I am afraid I know next to nothing about Ola Afolabi but for me, this is all about the man who replaced me as WBO cruiserweight champion.
He has to get people believing in him again, he's got to convince the public again after being blown out of the water by David Haye almost a year ago to the day.
And I think the only way for him to do that is to go looking for Haye again - even at heavyweight. That is the only way I think he can redeem himself, I'm afraid.
Enzo says there were problems with his preparation for that fight but unless he gets in and beats him, he will just be known as a knockout merchant who got caught cold himself. If he beats Haye - even if he pushes him at heavyweight - he can turn round and put that defeat down to one of those things.
He would need some preparation though, probably against a heavyweight who is past his best, someone like James Toney, Monte Barrett - a name.
Enzo is not a heavyweight of course, but I know myself that a cruiser can beat a lot of those guys up there and I do think that is the only way he gets his credibility back.
If you look at the current cruiserweight division there isn't really anyone out there who leaps out at you. There is no David Haye anymore.
I suppose Enzo could get a decent name in terms of the trade. When he boxed - and I do mean boxed - Wayne Braithwaite for 12 rounds, that win went down well within the sport. People knew what a good display and what a good victory it was.
But did the general public? I'm not so sure. Now Haye has gone, now Jean-Marc Mormeck has been exposed, there isn't really anyone out there who fits the bill. Guillermo Jones perhaps, Tomasz Adamek maybe. But even then I am not sure it will be enough to get his reputation back.
Maybe Herbie Hide will though. For some reason they didn't box before, but Herbie would fit the bill. He is still high profile, he has been up to heavyweight, done it all and got the tee-shirt. He is heavy-handed and he is dangerous.
When I was fighting me and Enzo should have met, but never did. There were certain things, certain flaws I had spotted and when David beat him, I already knew the stuff we found out that night.
It is hard to see what is going to be different, although he says he has made changes to his preparation. At 28, he does have time on his hands, but he might well be in a no-win situation here because no-one has really heard of Afolabi.
I have tried to check him out and ask about, but without much luck. But a certain Freddie Roach is his trainer and you know one thing with Freddie - he doesn't usually associate himself with good-time losers. Normally his fighters have something about them.
Enzo cannot afford to write this guy off, even without the year he has just had. He only has to look at what happened when he last fought in December and Amir Khan took on Breidis Prescott to see where it can all go wrong... and that is the last thing Enzo Maccarinelli needs right now.
Can Maccarinelli rebuild his reputation? Does he need David Haye to do that? Should he fight Herbie Hide? Can he become unified cruiserweight champion? Let us know your thoughts below...