European cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck has promised his fans to deliver another spectacular KO on Saturday night when he faces unbeaten Vitaliy Rusal. The 24-year-old (24-1, 19 KO´s) has no doubts he will leave the ring victorious – even though his Ukrainian opponent (23-0, 16 KOs) has never tasted defeat before. “I will destroy him,” Huck predicted at today´s press conference. “He has a perfect record, which speaks for itself. He has never lost but that will change on Saturday. I will hand him the first defeat of his career. He cannot stop me.”
Huck admitted he would have preferred to fight former world champion Firat Arslan, who pulled out of the clash. “Of course it would have been nice to fight Arslan, but boxing-wise, I think Rusal is the even better man,” he said. “However, he will not leave Bamberg with the title. I don´t care who my opponent is – I will beat everyone.”
Coach Ulli Wegner said the late change from Arslan to Rusal has not affected his fighter´s preparation. “That is nothing unusual for me,” he stated. “It used to happen quite often back during the days when I was an amateur coach. Marco is well prepared but he needs to stick to my tactics to win. It will be a tough fight.”
Rusal, who is promoted by the Klitschkos, is confident he can spring a major surprise. “I have been working very hard to get the chance to fight for the European title,” he stated. “I am glad the day has finally come. I am happy and excited but most of all I am extremely optimistic. Huck is a strong champion and he has a good reputation in Europe, but we have created a good game plan, which is sure to work out. I will take home the belt to Kiev.”
In the second main fight of the night, EE-EU light-middleweight champion Alexander Abraham (24-0, 16 KOs) looks to please his hometown fans when he comes face-to-face with Magomed Abdurakhmanov (14-2, 7 KOs). “A lot of people say that Alex has more talent than his brother (IBF middleweight champion) Arthur,” Wegner said. “Now is the time to show that he is a true champion and not an undercard fighter any more. I expect him to prove that on Saturday night.” Abraham knows about his coach´s expectations. “I will not disappoint my coach or my hometown fans,” he stated. “I have worked hard and I will defend my title by all means.” The two Abraham brothers grew up in Bamberg where Arthur has already made two successful defences of his IBF middleweight belt. “It will be great to fight in front of so many friends and relatives,” Alexander Abraham added.
Also in action will be Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Alexander Frenkel, Dominik Britsch and the “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius.