Ovill McKenzie claims controversial second-round stoppage against Enzo Maccarinelli
Last Updated: 10/11/12 12:07pm
Ovill McKenzie: Retained Commonwealth light-heavyweight title
Ovill McKenzie retained his Commonwealth light-heavyweight title with a controversial second-round stoppage of Enzo Maccarinelli.
McKenzie secured the win when referee Ian John Lewis stepped in to halt the contest, but many in attendance at the Liverpool Olympia clearly felt the intervention was premature.
Welshman Maccarinelli, who was aiming to complete a successful comeback after suffering a number of knockout losses, showed solid defences early on against his fast-starting opponent.
In the second round he was caught with a good shot and was backed up against the ropes, but appeared to block most of the subsequent flurry from McKenzie.
But Lewis stepped in regardless, much to the dismay of the crowd, ensuring a quick defence for McKenzie.
Elsewhere on the bill, Paul Butler was crowned British super-flyweight champion after securing a spectacular first-round knockout against John Donnelly.
Butler landed a hurtful hook to the body of his fellow Liverpudlian, who never looked like beating the count just over a minute into the contest.
Also on the card, super-middleweight Paul Smith returned after a year off to beat Tommy Tolan inside four rounds, while brother Liam scored a landslide victory over Gary McMillan in a light-middleweight eliminator.