By Johnny Walker
After Marco “Captain” Huck (pronounced “Hook”) of Germany (34-2, 25 KOs) battered WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin around the ring a few weeks ago and was deprived of what seemed to many observers to be a clear victory, it was thought the WBO cruiserweight champion would continue to sail his ship in the choppy waters of boxing’s heavyweight divison.
However, due to pressure from his promoter Wilfried Sauerland, the Captain will for the time being return to cruiserweight, and face Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs).
We believe that defending his WBO Cruiserweight Title is the best thing for Marco to do,” Wilfried Sauerland said in a press release. “At the age of 27 he is still very young for a boxer. He can always move up to heavyweight later.”
Huck himself had wanted to remain at heavyweight, and who can blame him?
Many “experts” thought Huck would get blown out, knocked cold by Povetkin, but instead it was the lethargic Russian who came within a hair of getting stopped, as the Captain bashed hard right hands into his face over and over again in the second half of their bout.
“I would have loved to remain at heavyweight but my team convinced me to stay at cruiserweight for the time being,” Huck says.
“That´s fine for me. I am happy to continue my domination and keep destroying opponents. I will start with Afolabi. He is a dangerous fighter but he has no chance against me.”
Afolabi is no pushover, and here’s hoping that Marco Huck can get himself motivated for this matchup, having already defeated the British fighter by a UD back in 2009.