European Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (23-1, 18 KOs) is determined to get the new year off to a winning start as he defends his title against Geoffrey Battelo (18-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night. “If you want to reach the top, you have to defeat the best fighters out there,” Huck said. “It will be a tough fight but I know that I am better than him and that is why I will leave the ring as the winner.”
It has been a busy week for the 24-year-old, who had a string of PR gigs scheduled. He commanded an ice-breaker in Berlin before a little cooking date at a famous pasta factory in Riesa. He also caught up with a playmate for a special photo shooting. “It is nice to get your mind on other things than boxing, especially in the week before the fight,” he said. “But of course you must not lose your focus or neglect practice.”
Challenger Battelo is full of confidence ahead of the meeting in East Germany. “For me this fight is a big chance I and will make the most of it. I have a lot of respect for Huck. Maybe my reach will give me an edge but I don´t want to speak too much about tactics right now. I am sure I will win.”
Needless to say, Ulli Wegner does not share the Belgian’s optimism. “I believe he is a little too optimistic,” said the coach. “We will attack him strongly on Saturday night. However, we know he is a good fighter and we will not underestimate him. It should be an exciting bout.”
In the co-featured main event, IBF Intecontinential Cruiserweight Champion Enad Licina (15-1, 9 KOs) takes on Jose Luis Herrera (16-4, 16 KOs). “As far as his future development is concerned, this will be a crucial fight for Enad,” said coach Manfred Wolke. “He has matured impressively as a person and as a fighter over the last couple of months. He has got the calmness of Henry Maske – he can deliver when it counts most.” Licina said he did not feel any pressure. “For me this is a normal fight,” he stated. “I will try to dominate my opponent.”
In the third title fight of the night, Alexander Abraham will defend his EE-EU Light-Middleweight title against Nikola Stevanovic.