Haye stops Maccarinelli in two rounds, unifies cruiserweight titles

Updated: March 8, 2008, 10:20 PM ET
Associated Press

David HayeCARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty ImagesHaye, left, wasted little time taking the fight to Maccarinelli -- and getting the Welshman out of there.
LONDON -- David Haye stopped Enzo Maccarinelli in the second round to add the WBO cruiserweight title to his WBA and WBC crowns Sunday in his final fight before he tests his power as a heavyweight.

Haye caught the Welshman with a right hand in the corner and Maccarinelli wound up with his head through the ropes at the 02 Arena. He got to his feet, but referee John Keane stopped it at 2:04 of the round with Maccarinelli stumbling around the ring.

A fight the two British cruiserweights had been waiting for was never intended to last the full 12 rounds because of their punching power.

It lasted a little over 5 minutes before a capacity crowd at the 20,000-seat Arena where Haye had the majority of the support.

Haye, who took the WBA and WBC titles from Jean-Marc Mormeck in Paris in November, plans to move up to heavyweight. He is 21-1.

Maccarinelli, who had been unbeaten in 25 fights, dropped to 28-2.

Haye stumbled after taking a left less than 30 seconds into the fight but also landed a left of his own. He had blood seeping from the side of his left eye early in the second round but Maccarinelli had no time to take advantage.

Haye trapped him in a neutral corner and clubbed him with a short right hand. Maccarinelli went down and, although he got to his feet, he was clearly in no condition to carry on.


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