On The Beak – Admin
Marco Huck (34-2-0, 25ko) will return to the cruiserweight division following last month’s exciting clash with WBA heavyweight world champion Aleksandr Povetkin. After long talks with promoter Wilfried Sauerland and coach Ulli Wegner, Huck made the decision to continue at 200lbs, where he holds the WBO title. His next opponent will be mandatory challenger and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9ko).
Next up for Povetkin is the mandatory defence against Hasim Rahman, while the earliest date for a potential rematch between Huck and Povetkin would be fall 2012. “We believe that defending his WBO cruiserweight belt is the best thing for Marco to do,” Sauerland said. “At the age of 27 he is still very young for a boxer. He can always move up to heavyweight later.”
Huck accepted Sauerland’s advice: “I would have loved to remain at heavyweight but my team convinced me to stay at cruiserweight for the time being,” he explained. “That’s fine for me. I am happy to continue my domination and keep destroying opponents.
“I will start with Afolabi,” he stressed. “He is a dangerous fighter but he has no chance against me.”
Talks regarding the date and the venue have already been held between Team Sauerland and Tom Loeffler, Afolabi’s representative. It will be second time they meet in the ring. After winning the WBO championship in August 2009, Huck made a spectacular first defence against Afolabi in December 2009. The 31-year-old has won five straight since, while Huck clinched seven more victories until his dramatic battle against Povetkin.