By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: On May 5 WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will be defending his title for the ninth time against Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, KOs) in Erfut, Germany. Huck easily defeated Afolabi in their first encounter back in 2009.
Huck’s last fight was a controversial
decision loss to WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin. Many
experts felt that the smaller Huck got the better of the champion and
deserved the decision.
Huck, 27, was born in Sjenica, Serbia. He
won the World Amateur kickboxing championship in 2003. He began his
professional boxing career in 2004. Huck was victorious in his first 19
bouts before losing to Steve Cunningham in 2007. After the loss, he
rebounded with six straight knockouts, culminating with a victory over
Victor Emilio Ramirez for the cruiserweight championship in 2009.
aggressive style has earned him a loyal following in Europe. His
ultimate goal is to face one of the Klitschko brothers for the
In an exclusive interview for
doghouseboxing.com, Huck discussed his career, future and whether he
will ever venture to the United States to box.
John Raspanti: What is it about boxing that you (Marco) like so much?
Marco Huck: Boxing
or martial arts in general are about two men slugging it out - who is
the better, stronger fighter. That is why I love this sport so much.
JR: Was there anyone else in your family who boxed?
in the days, my father used to train kickboxing and taekwondo in his
spare time. Besides that, nobody from my family had anything to do with
JR: You won your first 19 professional fights and than faced Steve Cunningham in 2007. What happened in that fight?
I know, I should have won this fight back then but I treated it a bit
lightly. Just one bout before I beat this guy Vadim Tokarev. Many
experts said he was as much a threat to me as Steve Cunningham. As I was
finished with that fight, I thought it would be nothing to take the IBF
belt away from Steve. At that time, I let my training regime slide a
bit too much and went partying instead. On fight night, I was in for a
JR: Looking back at that fight, what would you have done differently?
MH: I should really have prepared myself better. The fight would have
turned out much different, as he would not have been able to dominate
me. I would have been the one standing tall in the end.
You fought Alexander Povetkin in a bid for the heavyweight crown last
month. Do you want to fight Povetkin again, or are you looking at the
MH: If I could choose between them, I would
want to fight one of the Klitschko brothers. Many experts saw me
winning that fight against Povetkin. Therefore, to fight a Klitschko
would only be logical!
JR: You won the cruiserweight crown almost three years ago. Is the plan to fight in the cruiser and heavyweight division?
am going to fight where the biggest challenge or appeal lies ahead.
Ultimately, it is the decision of my promoter. Therefore, as long as he
wants me to fight at cruiserweight, I am going to take it.
JR: Do you have any idea when you will be coming to America to fight?
MH: I cannot really promise you to fight in the States. I would love to,
but there has to be a certain kind of interest from the media, TV, and
fans to make it happen.
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