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Huck, Afolabi predict victories

Photo: Sauerland Events
Photo: Sauerland Events

Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) believes that Marco Huck is “lucky” to be the world champion these days. The two cruiserweights clash for Captain Huck’s WBO title in Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Afolabi is determined to finally “get what I deserve,” he said at today’s press conference. “There is just one reason why Marco Huck is the world champion instead of me. He was lucky to get the chance to fight Victor Emilio Ramirez on August 29. I would have been ready, too. I had worked really hard. I did six weeks of sparring with Vitali Klitschko in America and made him look really bad. On Saturday I will win Huck’s title for sure.”

Needless to say, the 25-year-old champion (26-1, 20 KOs) has different plans. “I have no doubts that I will defend my title,” Huck said. “Winning the title has really changed my life. It put my life into the focus of the public and many, many boxing fans. But I have not changed as a person. I keep working hard, with my coach Ulli Wegner being very strict in practice. I am 100 percent ready for the clash, both mentally and physically. It will be a great fight against Afolabi.”

Wegner stated he was pleased with Huck’s development. “He has matured as a human being and as a boxer,” said the coach. “The victory over Ramirez showed that. We know we have a tough challenge coming up against Afolabi but Marco has learned a lot and he will definitely leave the ring as the winner.”

Also in action will be IBF youth middleweight champion Dominik Britsch (16-0, 5 KOs). “I am excited to fight just 25 miles away from my home city,” the youngster said. “I want to please my home fans and put on a great show. Cleber Argente Alves will be in for a hot battle.”

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