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Afolabi ready for Huck

Photo: Danielle Mora

Photo: Danielle Mora

WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) is ready to leave no doubt to who the WBO cruiserweight champion is when he takes on WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5th in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Fightnews spoke with Afolabi upon his recent arrival to Germany and he spoke about his upcoming fight with Huck.

Based on Huck´s last fight where he dethroned then champion Victor Ramirez by unanimous decision did you see some weaknesses of his that you could exploit and take advantage of?

I definitley saw some opportunities that I will be able to take advantage of but obviously it wouldn’t be wise to talk about those possibilities prior to the fight but better that I exploit them on December 5th.

Do you feel if you dominate the fight you can win a decision?

I would have to dominate the fight for sure in order to win a decision in Huck’s native Germany. I’ve never won a close decision in anyone’s backyard before and I’m not counting on that now. Honestly dominating a fight from beginning to end really isn’t my style. I get better as the fight goes on, but be rest assured that I’m going to take it to him. I have to do this in order to win his title.

What did you think of Huck’s conditioning during his last fight with Ramirez?

He seemed to tire in that fight and to be honest with you I actually think it could have been a draw.

Do you see yourself as the stronger fighter in this bout?

I definitely feel I’m just as strong as he is and I have the height advantage in my favor. He appears to be more of a punches in spurts kind of fighter than a power puncher.

What type of fight can fans expect on December 5th?

Our styles are going to make for a very entertaining fight. Standing toe to toe for an entire fight isn’t my plan but I will more than hold my own in the times when we do exchange. I´m going to stick to my game plan. If you look up my fight history you will see most of my fights scheduled for 10 rounds or more I have been able to get my opponent out of there in the second half of the fight. Definitely looking to keep with that trend.




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