Enzo Maccarinelli admits he should have taken a break from boxing

Enzo Maccarinelli working out with a punch ball

Enzo Maccarinelli aims to dispel recent problems when he fights Juergen Braehmer for the WBA light-heavyweight title in Rostock on Saturday.

Former WBO cruiserweight champ Maccarinelli admits he should have taken a break from the ring during a difficult period in his personal life.

"I had a few problems over a couple of years - my head was just in a bad place," said the 33-year-old Welshman.

"I was carrying on boxing when I shouldn't have."

The Swansea boxer suffered five stoppage defeats in 12 bouts between March 2008 and September 2012.

It was a run that led many observers to call for Maccarinelli to hang up his gloves.

He also served a six-month sporting ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

However, a run of three wins, including a revenge stoppage of Ovill McKenzie to win the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title, has resulted in the unexpected chance against Braehmer.

The 35-year-old Braehmer, who has 42 wins from 44 professional fights, is the WBA's 'regular' champion, meaning he is not a world champion in the strictest sense.

Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov, the WBA's 'super' light-heavyweight champion, fights IBF title-holder Bernard Hopkins on 19 April.

Whatever is at stake in Germany, Maccarinelli admitted it seemed an unlikely prospect after a second-round stoppage by McKenzie in 2012.

"I lost my dad, my son was diagnosed as autistic and I failed that drug test," said Maccarinelli. "My wife told me not to box, take a year out, but I didn't.

"Stylistically, Braehmer is probably the worst one I could have picked. But I can quite honestly tell you I've never in my life turned a fight down."

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