Defending cruiserweight champion Marco Huck puts his title on the line for the 10th time November 3 against respected veteran Firat Arslan at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Huck (34-5-1, 25 KOs) first won the cruiserweight championship at the same venue in 2009 (a victory over Victor Emilo Ramirez).
"The Gerry Weber Stadium feels like a second home to me," said Huck, 27,
in a press release. “This is where I became WBO world champion and also
defended my title for the sixth time."
His opponent, Arslan, 42, is a come as you are southpaw. His claim to
fame is a victory over a very old Virgil Hill in 2007. Still, Arslan
(32-5, 21 KOs) could challenge Huck at least for a few rounds.
Huck has shown improvement in each of his last five fights. He's aggressive, strong, and durable.
Recently, in an exclusive interview for Doghouseboxing.com, Huck spoke
of his upcoming fight with Aslan, his draw with Ola Afolabi, and whether
he will soon be making another run at the heavyweight championship of
JOHN RASAPNTI: I read that you've seen Firat Arslan fight before. What do you think of his style?
MARCO HUCK: Arslan is a really strong fighter. He is always
looking to go forwards. He is pretty much like a raging Bull inside the
ring. I will have to make sure that I move a lot and be agile.
JR: Aslan he been stopped twice in his career. Does that kind of information impact your strategy? (do you go for a knockout)
MH: It doesn't really mpact my strategy. I take it on just like
every other fight. The only difference is that Firat and I get along
really well. But, once I am inside the ring there is no sympathy.
JR: Were you satisfied with your performance against Ola Afolabi? If not, what could you have done differently?
MH: Yes, I was satisfied. I was only started preparing for the
fight three weeks in advance. Therefore, I wasn't in the best of shape
and didn't have much energy. But, towards the second half of the fight I
turned up the heat and really got stuck in. In hindsight I probably
should have started a bit earlier.
JR: The fight was judged a draw. Do you feel you won? (explain why you think you won)
MH: Yes, I believe I won the fight. As I said I took all the
rounds at the end. I gave everything I had although I was exhausted. I
was the better boxer that night.
JR: Is moving up and down from cruiserweight to heavyweight a fight to fight decision?
MH: Well, I believe that I am always good for a surprise. So
who knows what will happen. But for now my whole focus is on November 3.
I don't think about what could happen afterwards.
JR: Do you feel better fighting as a crusierweight or a heavyweight?
MH: It doesn't make a difference. I feel comfortable in both divisions.
JR: Thank You Marco and good luck.
MH: Thank you.
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