Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will return to the cruiserweight division following last month´s exciting clash with WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin.
After long talks with Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland, coach Ulli Wegner, Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer and sports director Hagen Doering, Huck made the decision to continue at cruiserweight, where he holds the WBO title. His next opponent will be mandatory challenger, interim champion and ex-pat Brit 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. “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 said. “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.”
First 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 cruiserweight title in August 2009, Huck's first defence was a very narrow points win over Afolabi in December 2009 (pictured). The 31-year-old US-based Londoner has won five straight since, while Huck clinched seven more victories until his dramatic battle against Povetkin.