Huck vs. Povetkin this Saturday

World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetin (23-0, 16 KOs) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) faced the media today at the final press conference ahead of their showdown in Stuttgart on Saturday night. “I´m ready to become heavyweight champion,” Huck said. “I would not have taken the fight if I didn´t believe in myself. Povetkin is good, but I can beat him. We once did sparring together and he has bad memories of me. On Saturday I will be the new champ. He is going down!”

While Huck tried his best to provoke Povetkin, the 32-year-old Russian remained calm. “At first I was surprised about Huck´s challenge because he has never fought at heavyweight before. But I am happy to defend my title against anybody out there. I am in great shape and I will win.”

Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner expects a hard-fought battle. “This will be an exciting fight,” he said. “It´s time to bring back some excitement to the heavyweight division and Saturday will be the first step. We believe that Marco has a better stamina than Povetkin but we will find out about that in the ring.”

Said Povetkin´s coach Alexander Zimin. “We had a very good preparation. Alexander has improved physically, I would say he is 20 to 30% stronger than in his last fight. But the best is yet to come. He has got great potential.”

Promoter Kalle Sauerland said the clash will be a real treat for fans. “This is what the heavyweight division needs,” he stated. “It will be very exciting. Both are fast, aggressive, strong and full of confidence. And both do not always have the best defence. It´s going to be spectacular.”

Scottish First Minister to show support for Lee McAllister

It has been confirmed today that Scotland’s First Minister, The Right Honourable.

Alex Salmond MSP will show his support to Lee McAllister of Aberdeen by attending Fridays weigh in ahead McAllister's challenge for the European Boxing Union Light Welterweight title on Saturday evening against the current champion Denis Shafikov of Russia .

“Alex Salmond has always showed great support to Lee ”said promoter Tommy Gilmour.“He has previously visited Lee in the 'Granite City ABC' when he has been training in the run up to a fight, and has always sent warm words of support when he is fighting.”

He adds “For him to take time out of his busy schedule, to attend Fridays weigh in is a great endorsement for Lee and Saturday's show. The show on Saturday is officially a sell out, so that shows the level of support Lee has in Aberdeen and the wider area.”

While Alex Salmond will be in attendance, Tommy Gilmour also confirms the weigh in will be open to the general public “Due to the level of backing, and requests we have been receiving. We have decided to open the weigh-in to the public and give them the chance to get behind Lee and the other local fighters ahead of Saturdays card. We are having the weigh-in at the Holiday Inn Express at the Exhibition Centre at 3pm on Friday 24th February”

Article posted on 22.02.2012

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