Boxing fans can expect a real fight to happen at Gerry Weber Stadium in Germany on November 3.
Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) defends his
belt for the tenth time against former world champion Firat Arslan.
In contrast Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) could again rise to stardom in
the cruiserweight decision. In the following Q and A interview, Arslan
speaks about his chances to sink Capt’n Huck’s Battleship.
Q: how did you prepare for the fight against Marco Huck?
I sparred more rounds in training than ever before. I
had ten sparring partners - normally before a fight, I just sparred with
three or four. I also raised the intensity as I finished my training
camp having absolved 160 rounds of sparring compared to 80, which I did
back in the day. This should give me more flexibility in the fight. But
one is thing for sure, nobody can copy Marco Huck. There is a reason why
he is the current WBO Champion. But the guys I sparred with were all
young and eager to prove a point. I can confirm that they did a great
Q: Are there other things you changed during the preparation?
We tried to break the mould for the most important
fight in my career. We used a special heavy bag that enabled me to work
on my accuracy. I also had a special training tool to strengthen my
lungs. I know that some boxing experts have already written me off but
on November 3, I will try to prove them wrong.
Q: Which critics do you mean?
I am honest. I am already 42 years of age and some
people think I only took this fight because of the money, but that is
definitely not the case. I did not try to make a big profit out of it.
It is just about the sport. I believe in becoming a world champion again
and I know that I am on top of my game. That is why I wanted this
fight. I want to fight the best and Marco Huck certainly is one of the
best. I am looking forward to this bout.
Q: Did you have any other opportunities to fight?
There were some other possibilities to fight but it is
my aim to fight for a world championship. Those other options would have
got me to where I want to be. Marco Huck is a big name on the boxing
scene, so this fight makes sense for me. I have a lot of respect for him
- respect I don’t have for the other champions in the cruiserweight
division, as they do not want to face me.
Q: Please tell us about your strategy for the fight on November 3.
Marco Huck is one of the biggest punchers in this
weight class and he is 15 years younger than me. Nevertheless, I am
going for the win. I promise to fight my heart out, which is my
mentality. I think that I have a big advantage over him as my teams
focus is completely on me. When you are with a big boxing promotion,
there is often only one coach who looks after a handful of athletes.
Moreover, I do not think that there is a more professional surrounding
than where I train. I want to win. Everything else I will show inside
Q: It is common knowledge that rivals in boxing are not friendly with
each other. Therefore, it comes as a surprise that Marco Huck and you
have mutual appreciation for each other.
This is true. Maybe Marco does not come across as a
good guy - but in reality he is. That is the sport of boxing. When you
have the chance to make such a fight you have to go for it. There is
only one person I would never step into the ring with: Luan Krasniqi. He
is like a brother to me.
Q: What kind of a fight do you expect at Gerry Weber Stadium?
I am confident that it will be a great fight. Marco has
an unorthodox style which I have to deal with. But that is nothing new
to me. I am prepared for everything, regardless of what he will do
inside the ring. I know what to do and will force my own style on him.
It will be firm but fair. That is what I also expect of Marco as we both
respect each other.
Q: This will be a virtual home match for Marco Huck. How will you deal with that?
Of course most of the fans will be cheering for him.
However, we cannot expect him to come to my backyard. We are prepared
for that situation, so it will not bother me. I have been part of this
business for such a long time so I know that it will only be Marco, the
referee and me inside the ring. Then the fists will do the talking, not
Q: Would you retire, if you should lose the fight against Marco Huck?
Losing is not on my mind, so I haven’t even thought
about that. You will have to wait until after the bout to get your
Q: And if you are going to win? Would that be a reason for you to hang up the gloves?
I believe in winning this fight. I am in top shape. And
as long as I have the ability to fight on such a level, I do not think
about retirement. I could still have some title defences as a world
champion, ending my career on a high. But this will all be decided come
to Doghouse Boxing.