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Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) is convinced he will make a successful – and spectacular – third defence of his European cruiserweight title when he takes on unbeaten Ukrainian Vitaliy Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday night. The 24-year-old only has the best memories of Bamberg. “This is the city where I made one of the best fights of my career,” Huck said during today´s public training session. “Two years ago, I defeated Vadim Tokarev despite fighting with a broken hand for the better part of the bout. My hand or my jaw might break, but my fighting spirit can never be broken. I am looking forward to a successful fight on Saturday and I will defeat Rusal.”
Yet coach Ulli Wegner has warned his star not to underestimate his 28-year-old opponent, who fights under the promotional banner of K2 East. “All boxers from the former Soviet Union have been educated very well,” he said. “They also have a great deal of amateur experience, and Rusal´s fight record speaks for itself. Marco needs to be on alert and stick to the tactics we have prepared.” Wegner believes Rusal could be an even tougher challenger than former world champion Firat Arslan, who pulled out of the eagerly-anticipated showdown. “It is a pity that the fight does not happen,” Wegner said. “The German fans would have loved to see it, but boxing-wise Rusal could pose an even bigger threat than Arslan. It will be an interesting encounter.”
Also in action will be EE-EU light-middleweight champion Alexander Abraham (24-0, 16 KOs), who defends his title against Russia´s Magomed Abdurakhmanov (14-2, 7 KOs). It will be a special fight for the 27-year-old who, together with his brother, IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham, grew up in Bamberg. “Lots of old friends will be coming and I do not plan to disappoint them,” Abraham said. “The atmosphere will be fantastic – I´ve been ringside the two times Arthur fought here. I look very much forward to Saturday.”
Yoan Pablo Hernandez also takes on Aaron Williams, Alexander Frenkel comes face-to-face with Balint Turgonyi, Dominik Britsch clashes with Ibrahim Sid and the “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius battles it out with Ozcan Cetinkaya.