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AFTER Enzo Maccarinelli had to go the full 12 rounds to subdue Belgian challenger Ismail Abdoul at the Newport Centre on Saturday, all parties were in agreement on one thing - the Swansea man should stay away from Johnny Nelson for a while yet.
The 23-year-old WBU titleholder's fourth defence of the belt lasted longer than the first three put together as late substitute Abdoul frustrated the bigger man's search for his usual quick finish.
The cards of the three English judges reflected Maccarinelli's dominance, with Dave Parris giving him every round at 120-108, while Reg Thompson and Karl Rogers saw it at 119-109.
I had the pleasure of working for Ringside on Saturday night when all the attention was focused on Enzo Maccarinelli as he retained his WBU cruiserweight title with a comfortable points victory.
Everyone seems to have given him a bit of stick since his win in Cardiff but people should not forget that this it was only his 19th professional fight and the first time in his career he's been taken the distance.
He was up against a guy in Ismael Abdoul who has been around the European scene for a while and had gone the 12 rounds with some tough opponents.