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Huck vs Arslan

News: Arslan in top shape for Huck bout on Saturday; Sterling night of fights on 11/17

(Picture: Gerry Weber World) The wait is almost over. Marco Huck will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight title on Saturday for the tenth time. He will take on former WBA Champion Firat Arslan at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. Ahead of the fight, both protagonist took part in today’s public workout staged at the Business Club of the local Football team Arminia Bielefeld.

First to show-off his skills was the challenger. Although Arslan is already 42-years of age, the former world champion himself believes that he is in the best shape of his long lasting career. But surprisingly he was not really willing to let the masses as well as his opponent have a sneak peak of his tough training regime. “The fans will be able to see what I can do come Saturday night”, promised the challenger. “I came here to win the world championship.” His coach Dieter Wittmann was also optimistic. “Firat is about 30 percent better than I have ever seen him.”

But in order to take the WBO Belt he will need these 30 percent. His opponent of the night, the Champion himself, is aiming to keep his winning streak at the Gerry Weber Stadion alive. Twice before in his career Huck stepped into the arena in Halle/Westfalen and left it as the winner. Continue reading

Marco Huck: “The fans will witness one hell of a fight!

WBO Champion Marco Huck is looking forward to the action in Halle/Westphalia. His fight against former WBA Cruiserweight Champion Firat Arslan promises to be a real highlight. Ahead of the big fight, the 27-year-old spent some time in Mallorca, Spain as well as in Neuruppin, Germany and will present himself in great shape come November 3. And the team surrounding the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner is convinced, that they did all they could to enable Huck to defend his title for the tenth time. Huck took some time out of his preparations for Arslan for a Q&A.

Marco Huck, your last fight was back in May. After the bout, it was announced that you would take a longer break, which you did. Was that the right move?

Marco Huck: It definitely was. I didn’t really have a lot of time off ahead of the May 5 fight in Erfurt, which showed during the bout. Now my batteries are fully charged and I cannot wait to get back into the ring. I can feel the itch in my fists. The fight against Afolabi wasn’t easy for me. In my opinion that was due to the fact that I fought for the heavyweight championship just a few months earlier which also was a tough fight. But at the end, I got through it and kept my cruiserweight title. Now my whole focus is on the tenth defence of the WBO Championship. Continue reading

Huck vs Arslan: Firat Arslan Interview

People can expect a real fight to happen at Gerry Weber Stadium come November 3. Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) will try to defend his beloved belt for the tenth time to gain
Super-Champion-Status of the World Boxing Organization. In contrast, his challenger Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) could again rise to stardom, as he was already the WBA World Champion at this weight class. In the following interview, he speaks about his chances to sink Capt’n Huck’s Battleship.

Firat Arslan, how did you prepare for the fight against Marco Huck?

Firat Arslan: I sparred more rounds in training than ever before. I had ten sparring partners – normally before a fight, I just sparred with three or four. I also raised the intensity as I finished my training camp having absolved 160 rounds of sparring compared to 80, which I did back in the day.
This should give me more flexibility in the fight. But one is thing for sure, nobody can copy Marco Huck. There is a reason why he is the current WBO Champion. But the guys I sparred with were all young and eager to prove a point. I can confirm that they did a great job. Continue reading

Huck ready for Arslan

WBO Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) has finished his intense preparations on the beautiful Isle of Mallorca, Spain. Yesterday evening the 27-year-old flew back to Germany. Over the last ten days the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner had been soaking up the sun, but of course his main priority was the training camp ahead of his fight against Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs). “The Sparring sessions have been really good. I am in great shape,” said the champion who steps into the ring at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany on November 3.
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Huck vs Arslan: Marco Huck with WBO Super Champion Status in sight

November 3 has a real treat in store for true boxing fans. Current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs), a former WBA Champion, will meet at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. There are many reasons, why the matchup between the two Germans, promises to be an exciting one.

“The Gerry Weber Stadium feels like a second home to me,“ said Huck during Tuesday’s press conference at the arena. “This is where I became WBO World Champion and also defended my title for the sixth time. But this time around, I have a special goal in sight. If I should be able to defend my title for the tenth time, I will be awarded with the status of the WBO Super Champion.” If Huck is successful in his quest, he would be the first German boxer to do so. But that is definitely not going to be a walk in the park for the 27-year-old.

Huck: “I would have preferred not to fight Firat. He is a very nice guy on a personal level. I watched his last fights and I know that he is a really tough opponent.” Coach Ulli Wegner shares that opinion. “It is going to be an exciting fight. Marco always showed his class in Halle/Westphalia and boxed very clever. He became world champion here after beating Victor Emilio Ramirez and later on won a war against Ran Nakash. But it won’t be easy against Firat as he is physically very strong.” Continue reading

Huck vs Arslan on Nov 3

(Picture: Photo Wende) Fans of all-action fights can look forward to another highlight this fall. On November 3, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck is going to defend his beloved title against “fighting machine” Firat Arslan. The venue for this world championship bout will be the Gerry-Weber-Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany.

For Huck, it will be a return to the place of his biggest victory. Exactly three years ago, the now 27-year-old fighter dethroned then WBO titlist Victor Emilio Ramirez from Argentina and became a world champion himself. Since then, the cruiserweight, who was raised in Bielefeld, Germany has defended his championship nine times. Huck wants Arslan to be number ten on that list. A win would also be special, as the World Boxing Organization would crown Huck their Super-Champion at cruiserweight. “That is an extra motivation”, said Huck. “I would be the first fighter in our Team to receive that honour. I will not let the chance of becoming WBO Super-Champion slip away.”

Nevertheless, in Firat Arslan, the prodigy of Ulli Wegner will face the number eight-ranked fighter by the WBO, who will be anything but an easy ride for him. “He is a real machine, constantly putting pressure on his opponents. Moreover, he is a southpaw. I will have to be in top condition,” according to the world champion. Continue reading