Afolabi Huck’d up for Title Rematch
Posted by Salman Mitha
Posted in Boxing
March 23 – Sauerland Promotions announced this week that their fighter, WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (34-2-0) will defend his belt for a second time against Britain’s interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3) at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany on May 5th 2012.
27-year-old Huck will step back down to cruiserweight after a courageous but unsuccessful shot at WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in February this year. That fight went the full distance of twelve highly entertaining rounds. Many thought Huck deserved the decision but it was not to be and Povetkin narrowly retained the belt.Huck and Afolabi first met in the ring in December 2009 for Huck’s second defence of the WBO cruiserweight title. The fight also went the distance and the decision was a close one. Huck just edging it, possibly by landing more punches and although Afolabi did box very well, the knockout shot he was waiting to unleash just didn’t happen.
This time “Kryponite” (the nickname for Afolabi) is promising to finish the contest within 12 rounds. “I’m going to go for the KO or get KO’d myself,” said the London-born 32-year-old. “The judges might as well stay home because this one is not going the distance.”
Since the defeat to Kapt’n Huck, Afolabi, the mandatory challenger, has gone on a five-fight winning streak and his confidence will be high despite relatively few contests. He does keep good company though, sparring with the Klitschko Brothers for both their respective world title defences this year and that should stand him in good stead when it comes to taking on Huck.
Both are experienced and powerful boxers so this will be a highly anticipated contest. If he wins, this fight could thrust Afolabi into the world spotlight and possibly a chance at Poland’s WBC champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk or Cuba’s highly rated IBF belt-holder, Yoan Pablo Hernández. Should Huck be victorious he too could attempt to unify the division against one of the aforementioned champions.