World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Heavyweight champion Marco Huck was honored today in the first day of works of the 27th Annual Convention take place at the Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, dedicated to former WBO champions and 2014 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Joe Calzaghe and Oscar de la Hoya.
The works started with the annual reports of the regional Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel reports.
In a break, Valcarcel and members of the WBO Executive Committee gave the special recognition to Huck, a WBO champion since 2009 with 13 successful title defenses.
“We have one of our great champions here and we want to make this recognition. We are going to give him the superchampion belt. We are honored to have him here,” Valcarcel said.
Besides Huck was present the female bantamweight world champion, Carolina Duer, the former female junior middleweight champion, Hanna Gabriels. Also receiving special recognition were Philippine promoter Ala Promotions, Felix “Tutico” Zabala, Osvaldo Rivero, Eduardo Mello Peixoto, Sean Gibbons, Hedi Taouab and boxers Donnie Nietes, WBO junior flyweight champion and WBO Latino junior middleweight champion, Patrick Teixeira.
This week is expected the presence of more WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities.
Huck to leave Sauerland – Klitschko in his sight
Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will take on future challenges independently. The current WBO-Champion announced on Wednesday, that he will not be renewing his current contract with Sauerland Event, which ends on December 31. Instead the newly founded company Huck Sports Promotion in cooperation with UFA Sports will manage all promotional aspects of his future fights.
“The days when promoters had long lasting deals with German TV broadcasters are over”, explained the 29-year old. “TV Stations have become more selective when it comes to deciding which fights they want to air. The attraction of the main fight, meaning the names of the two opponents, will be the decisive factors. Therefore the promoter I am signed with is not as important anymore as it used to be.”
The champion has already decided on who will take care of branding and marketing of his future bouts. “The UFA Sports team headed by Philip Cordes and Karsten Mahlmann has proven in the past that they are more than capable of staging big fight nights. I am convinced that currently this is the best constellation for my career and my financial interests.”
Of course the number one cruiserweight of the world has already thought of new challenges ahead. “Denis Lebedev (WBA) and Grigory Drodz (WBC) would be attractive opponents as well as the winner of Bellew vs. Cleverly”, said Huck.
“But obviously the heavyweight division is in the back of my mind and ultimately I want to take on Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight crown.”