Marco Huck exclusive: One on one with the crusierweight champion
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 24, 2012)
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Marco Huck working out on the beach
Marco Huck training
Marco Huck working out
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 the world.

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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