Huck v Afolabi Part II
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May 2 – Two of the best cruiserweights in the world go toe-to-toe on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany when reigning WBO champion Marco Huck (34-2-0) defends his title against Britain’s interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3).
These two powerhouses have met before. Back in December 2009 Huck saw off the threat of Afolabi in Ludwigsburg by a unanimous decision. This time Afolabi has promised that the fight will not go the full distance and that either he knocks Huck out or he gets knocked out trying.
The last time Huck made a public appearance in the ring he was the challenger to Alexander Povetkin’s WBA world heavyweight crown. That night in Stuttgart gave the undefeated Russian champ a real scare. Povetkin dominated the opening three or four rounds but Huck punched himself back into the contest, Povetkin could barely stand by the time the final bell rang. The German was very unlucky not to get the judge’s decision.
Since losing to “Capt’n Huck” almost two and a half years ago, Afolabi has dispatched all that have stood before him. Valery Brudov was the last opponent for the London-born fighter and he retired him in round 5 on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s farcical bout with Jean-Marc Mormeck in Dusseldorf.
So what has changed for Afolabi? Well, he now has a new trainer and is signed to K2 Promotions. “With K2 and the Klitschkos, as well as trainer Fritz Sdunek, I have a great team and I am much more professional than in 2009 (when Huck beat him). I am mentally and physically prepared for Huck, he’ll need a gun to be beat me”.
Predicting the outcome of this mouth watering encounter isn’t easy. “We are both better fighters than in the first fight, it is just that I have learned many more things than he has” says Afolabi, nicknamed Kryponite. No one can argue that Kryponite will have a lot more tools in his arsenal this time around. His trainer, Sdunek also trains Vitali Klitschko and Felix Sturm, both world champions at their respective weights and according to his new disciple has “made me a more complete fighter”.
Huck’s trainer is Ulli Wegner so it pits these two top German trainers against each other again within the space of a month. Sdunek won the last contest with Sturm and we’ll find on Saturday whether he can do it again with Afolabi.
We mustn’t forget some other big fights on the undercard at the Erfurt Messehalle. Ukrainian-born German heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1-0) will have his 33rd professional bout against unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (15-0-0) for the vacant EBU belt and the IBF International heavyweight title. Both fighters are ranked in the world’s top 10 (Dimitrenko 8 th , Pulev 10 th ) and both will be expecting a world title shot for the winner.
Britain’s George Groves (14-0-0) was supposed to challenge Germany’s Robert Stieglitz (41-2-0) for the WBO super middleweight belt but he had to pull out through illness. That means Stieglitz will now defend against aging Australian journeyman Nader Hamdam (43-9-1).
It’s going to be a massive night of boxing and Sport Eagle will be there tweeting from the event. Just follow on Twitter @Tony_SportEagle for updates on the night.