Weights from Berlin, Germany
Ola Afolabi (Great Britain): 89.8 kg / 197.97 lbs
Marco Huck (Germany): 90.1 kg / 198.63 lbs
Dariusz Sek (Poland): 78.7 kg / 173.50 lbs
Robert Woge (Germany): 78.5 kg / 173.06 lbs
David Sarabia (Spain): 76.9 kg / 169.53 lbs
Tyron Zeuge (Germany): 77.1 kg / 169.97 lbs
Richard Vidal (Uruguay): 78.3 kg / 172.62 lbs
Eduard Gutknecht (Germany): 79.2 kg / 174.60 lbs
Armin Dollinger (Germany): 81.0 kg / 178.57 lbs
Enrico Kölling (Germany): 80.7 kg / 177.91 lbs Continue reading
WBO World Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) have already entered fight mode. During Wednesday´s press conference, three days before the top-notch cruiserweights square off inside the ring, they got involved into a verbal altercation.
28-year-old Huck accused his opponent of provoking him on purpose. “He is just trying to rattle my cage and is hoping that it will cause me to make mistakes,” said the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner. “But he is fighting a losing battle. I am the champion and I will still be the champion after the fight. I will give him my answers inside the ring.” And the German was not done yet. “I proved before that I can beat him. But he cannot beat me. I know that I am better than he is. I also have a better fan base behind me, who will be celebrating another victory with me after I am done with that guy.” Continue reading
Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi will battle for the third time this Saturday, June 8 from the Max-Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. In their last epic war on May 5, 2012, the two warriors battled to a draw in a true Fight of the Year candidate in Erfurt, Germany. Huck was declared the winner by unanimous decision in their initial bout, which took place on December 5, 2009 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Champion and challenger are ready for war on June 8! Saturday night will see Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) take on Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time. After winning their first matchup and drawing the second, the current WBO Cruiserweight Champion is hoping to close the chapter Afolabi once and for all, when they square off at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. During today´s public workout both fighters made it clear, that their confidence is sky high ahead of the big fight.
The first one to show off his set of skills was Afolabi. After some rope skipping and hitting the pads with his coach Fritz Sdunek he addressed the media in attendance. “Fritz Sdunek got me into the best shape of my life. So far ahead of every fight, I was either physical or mentally fit. However, this time round, I have hit top form in both aspects. Now, I am the total package!” Sdunek agreed with his prodigy. “Under my guidance, Ola learned the meaning of discipline. That will make the difference come Saturday.“ Continue reading
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, June 8, in the cruiserweight world title fight between the champion Marco Huck and the interim champion Ola Afolabi, to be held at the Max Schmeling Halle in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany, in a Sauerland Event presentation.
For this third fight involving Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) against Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs), when Huck will defend for the 12th time his WBO 200 pounds belt, the referee is Eddie Cotton from United States.
Meanwhile, the judges for the Huck-Afolabi bout will be John Madfis from United States, Deon Dwarte from South Africa and Lahcen Oumghar from The Netherlands. Continue reading
June 8 will see a fast paced and highly entertaining fight at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin: Current WBO Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) takes on Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time. The two previous title bouts between them were extremely close and full of action. Currently the reigning champion is in his last preparations of his training camp. In an interview, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner gives insights into his fitness and what he thinks of his opponent Ola Afolabi.
Marco Huck, you are currently at a training camp close to the Baltic Sea. How are you feeling?
Marco Huck: I am feeling really good. The surrounding here is ideal for a good preparation. It is just a few steps from the hotel to the gym – and just a few more to the beach. We also have a great spa where I can relax after a hard day’s work. I am getting to my best, which I will be come June 8.
Would you say that preparations are more intense when you are at a training camp? Continue reading
Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) thinks he is ready to finally claim the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship. On June 8, the man from Great Britain will renew his feud with defending champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs). After previously losing and fighting Huck to a draw, Afolabi believes that now it is his time to shine at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. For that reason, the 33-year-old has brought himself into tremendous shape due to changes in his preparations leading up to the fight. In the following interview, Afolabi explains what he has done differently this time round and why he is time has come at last.
Ola Afolabi, it has been over a year that you last stepped into a ring. In May 2012, you fought out a draw against your very next opponent Marco Huck. What do you remember of the fight?
Ola Afolabi: It was extremely tough. Towards the end of it, I lost my focus. That allowed him to get back into the bout. My mental preparation ahead of the fight was not ideal and that took its toll back then. Continue reading
There is definitely no love lost. Britain´s Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) did say he would hug and shake hands with his opponent Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) after their WBO Title Fight on June 8 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany – but the attending members of the press were not really
convinced after the pair´s previous war of words during Monday’s press conference.
Before Afolabi started his attempt to calm things down, current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck and the Interims Titlist were involved in a heated exchange of words. The first one to trade verbal blows was the 28-year-old German. “Afolabi is starting to get on my nerves. I beat him in December 2009. After I fought Alexander Povetkin for the WBA Heavyweight Crown, it was difficult for me to find the right motivation for my rematch with Afolabi in May last year. However, I believe that I actually won that bout, even though it was scored as a majority draw. That won’t happen again. I will win in my own backyard. We won’t be playing cat and mouse anymore. This will be a war – I won’t be holding back.” Continue reading
A decision has been made! Sauerland Event has been awarded the right to host the hotly anticipated fight Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi III. Originally Don King won the purse bid for the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on February 26 by offering 1.5 Million US-Dollars. However, the 81-year-old wasn’t able to clear the necessary details within a set period of time and couldn’t find a TV-Partner to broadcast the fight. Therefore, the World Boxing Organization handed the right to the second highest bidder, Sauerland Event, who made a bid of 914.000 US-Dollars. Continue reading
Don King Productions won today the purse bid for the third fight between World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Heavyweight champion Marco Huck and Interim champion Ola Afolabi with a $1.5 million offer.
“Don King won the purse bid with $1.5 million and will make the fight on May 25 in Germany”, WBO President Valcarcel, who conducted the purse bid in Miami, said.
European promoters K2 Promotions and Sauerland Event also were involved in the purse bid, whose minimum offer was $300,000.
Huck (32-5-1, 25 KOs) and Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) have fought two times, winning Huck the first time by a close unanimous decision and the second time ended in a draw. Huck has 10 defenses of his title.