A decision has been made: WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will rematch Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on January 25 in Stuttgart, Germany. Actually, the second encounter between Huck and Arslan should have gone forward on September 14. However, the defending champion suffered a hairline fracture to his left elbow in his final sparring session and was not capable to fight this weekend. Continue reading
There is some unfinished business between Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs). On November 3 of last year the two fighters squared off at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, for the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship. Back then Huck won a close decision on points. However, Arslan saw himself ahead after the full twelve rounds.
“In our mind, this battle is a question of honor,” said Chris Meyer, Managing Director of Sauerland Event during Thursday’s press conference. “Both boxers saw themselves as the winner. But there is an easy way to end this debate, a rematch. That way Huck as well as Arslan now have the opportunity to prove who deserves to be called world champion.” Continue reading
(Photo: Wende) Team Sauerland can finally confirm that the hotly anticipated rematch between Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 K.o.´s) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 K.o.´s) is official. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion takes on his mandatory challenger at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The pair will once again trade blows on September 14 in a fight that promises to be a real cracker.
Last time round, the two Germans met on November 3. Back then Huck won by a disputable unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113 and 117-111) at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. Right after their thrilling encounter Arslan demanded a rematch. Continue reading
Juergen Braehmer is still the European Light Heavyweight Champion. The prodigy of coach Karsten Roewer saw-off his challenger Tony Averlant in two rounds on Saturday. 3,200 fans inside the Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany witnessed a vastly improved Braehmer, who is seemingly getting back to the top of his game.
“We said after my last fight that there was still some room for improvement – and I proved that today. But my coach and I know that I can even do better than that,” said the champion afterwards.
The 34-year-old was keen to put his stamp onto the fight right from the get-go and did so in dominating style. Braehmer controlled the action and the challenger was only able to react to whatever was thrown at him. The German was able to neutralize the height advantage of the six centimeters taller Frenchman by using his jab and throwing single punches to Averlant´s head and body. Continue reading
Weigh-In Results from Hamburg, Germany
Tony Averlant (France): 78.9 kg / 173.94 lbs
Juergen Braehmer (Germany): 78.9 kg / 173.94 lbs
Guido Nicolas Pitto (Argentina): 69.4 kg / 153.00 lbs
Jack Culcay (Germany): 69.8 kg / 153.88 lbs
Varol Vekiloglu (Germany): 89.6 kg / 197.53 lbs
Firat Arslan (Germany): 90.4 kg / 199.29 lbs
Andrei Hramyka (Belarus): to follow 66.2 kg / 145.95 lbs
Anthony Yigit (Sweden): 65.3 kg / 143.96 lbs Continue reading
Another highlight awaits in Hamburg on April 27. Before Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) defends his European Light Heavyweight Championship against Tony Averlant (18-7-2, 4 KOs) the eyes of the spectators in the arena will be firmly pointed on another boxer. Cruiserweight Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KOs) will give his debut as a member of Team Sauerland. His first fight under his new promotional banner will see him take on Varol Vekiloglu (20-4-1, 12 KOs) and he does not just want to walk away with a convincing victory but also put himself in a position for a crack at a world championship.
“I am very happy to be working with Team Sauerland,” said the former WBA World Champion. “I believe that this partnership will get me a step closer to world title.” The last time the man from southern Germany fought for a cruiserweight championship was on November 3 against current WBO Titlist Marco Huck. “Everyone who saw the fight is entitled to his own opinion,” said Arslan. “I am not the kind of person who dwells on the past. My sight is totally focused on the future and I am hoping to get a rematch against Huck.” Continue reading
Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KOs) is the newest addition to Team Sauerland. The former World Boxing Association (WBA) Cruiserweight Champion, who is currently ranked at number two by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), will have his first fight under the banner of Sauerland Event on April 27 at the Sporthalle Hamburg against an opponent to be announced.
The 42-year-old Arslan has a dream – being a world champion again. In November of 2007, he beat former champion Virgil Hill for the WBA Cruiserweight Title but lost the belt in his second defense against Guillermo Jones just ten months later. “I became a world champion at the age of 37. Continue reading
Just a few weeks ago, Firat Arslan fought the fight of his life against WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Only the judges prevented that Arslan became a two-time world champion when he lost a disputed decision against Huck on November 3rd. But, instead of resting and mourning after the controversial defeat, Firat Arslan will be back in the ring on Saturday, December 1st 2012 at the “ran Boxen: Die Super Fight Night – powered by Felix Sturm” boxing event in Dusseldorf, Germany. He took the fight only on a two-day notice. “He agreed to fight immediately after Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of his fight”, promoter
Felix Sturm said. “I have an enormous amount of respect for Firat Arslan. He is a true warrior.” The 42-years old former champion is happy to showcase his skill, despite the short break: “It’s a great opportunity to be back in the ring just weeks after the Huck bout. I’m excited and ready for Saturday.” Arslan will face Alex Mogylewski, 27, from Aachen, Germany. Continue reading
Marco Huck: “Firat Arslan deserves a rematch! I’m a true fighter, not a show-man like the Klitschkos”
Looking back at his most recent title defense against Firat Arslan November 3rd in Halle (Germany), WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck feels that he owes his challenger another shot at the title.
“It was one of the toughest fights in my life”, Huck admits. “I respected Firat before the fight and I respect him even more now. He really fought his heart out. I am not happy and not satisfied with my own performance. I know I could and should have done better. I was a little distracted and thought about fighting the Klitschkos. So I lost my focus. Firat was at his best that night. He made me work hard for my money. It was a very close fight and I think he deserves a rematch. But I can promise him that I won’t make the same mistakes again. If we fight again I will leave no doubt that I am the better man. I promise that I will stop him.” Continue reading
The Fans at the Gerry Weber Stdion in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, witnessed a great show. WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck defended his title for the tenth time in front of 7.000 spectators. After twelve thrilling rounds, the judges saw the 27-year-old with 115:113, 115:113, and 117:111 ahead of his opponent Firat Arslan. After his 35th victory out of 38 fights as a professional, Huck is expected to receive the status as WBO´s Super-Champion.
But the bout against Arslan was anything but plain sailing. “I fought like a lion against Firat – all the other world champions of this division would probably have lost tonight,” said Huck. “Now I have even more respect for him. This was one of the toughest fights in my career.”
Huck started the fight well, but the 42-year-old challenger did not wait long in his attempt to force his tactics on to his opponent, which mainly consisted of attacking. Huck was seemingly surprised by the aggressive style and found himself in the ropes time and time again. In round two blood started to drip out of the champion´s nose. But that did not hinder Huck in the slightest. From that moment on the man from Berlin started to turn up the heat and both men traded hard shots. Continue reading