Fans who like their boxing rough and ready certainly won’t want to miss Saturday’s WBO World Cruiserweight bang-up between Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck and Firat Arslan at The Gerry Webber Stadium, Halle, Germany. It promises to be X rated. Neither has a reverse gear.
(BoxNation televise live and exclusive in the UK on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Champion Huck, a 27 year old Serb who is now based in Berlin, is no stranger to British diehards as several of his wars have already been broadcast here.
He’ll be looking to secure his first victory of 2012. In February, he dropped a contentious majority to Russia’s Alex Povetkin in an audacious challenge for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight crown and, in May, he retained his cruiser strap with a 12 round draw against California based Londoner Ola Afolabi in what will be a strong contender for 2012’s Fight of the Year.
The ‘Kapt’n’ is a proper fighting man. A Bosniek Muslim refugee from the former Yugoslavia, he landed in Germany at the age of eight and initially his combative urges were satisfied through Taekwondo (black belt) and kick-boxing (world champion). After converting to conventional pugilism in his mid teens, he won all 15 of his amateur boxing contests by stoppage!
The 6ft 1in Huck was still only 19 and exceptionally raw when he signed with the Sauerlands in Cologne back in November 2004. To this day, he appears to do more wrong than right. He is predictable, clumsy and wasteful; leaning back and loading up on every punch. However, he more than compensates with unbridled aggression, a ferocious workrate and frightening punch power. Thirty four victories and 25 knockouts in 37 gigs (one draw) suggest he is doing something right.
Four of those wins came during a 2008-9 reign on the European throne (all stoppages) and the last nine have taken place in World Boxing Organization (WBO) championships, a title he won in August 2009 by outscoring Argentina’s Victor Emilio Ramirez over 12, also in Halle. Trained by the vulnerable Ulli Wegner, Huck is easy to out skill but nigh on impossible to out game.
That is unlikely to cater for challenger Arslan, a Turk now based in Suessen, Germany who, at 42, isn’t going to be the swiftest.
After a rather undistinguished decade in the amateur code, the 5ft 11 ½ in southpaw, like Huck, has carved out a successful career on toughness rather than technique.
Debuting back in January 1997, the former mechanic who is fluent in four languages made five early career starts in the UK where he was once a stablemate of Lennox Lewis at Panix Promotions. However, he wasn’t invited back after scalping Huddersfield’s Mark Hobson, the future British and Commonwealth king, by way of a gory seventh round stoppage in 2001.
In addition to Germany and Britain, the Dieter Wittman trained fighter has gone to war in Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary…..but never Turkey! His record presently stands at 32-5-2 (21).
Known as ‘The Lion’, Arslan was already well into his 37th year when his career peaked with a 12 round split decision over Russia’s 33-1 Valery Brudov in Hungary for the WBA ‘interim’ title. He made two successful defences against Americans Virgil Hill and Darnell Wilson (both 12 round decisions).
He was eventually dethroned by Panama’s Guillermo Jones (rsc10) in September 2009 and most believed he’d fallen into an irreversible decline when Frenchman Steve Herelius persuaded him to retire on his stool, dehydrated, in a sweltering Stuttgart arena ten months later.
However, he is undefeated in four since and a 12 round draw against very useful Uzbek southpaw Alexander Alekseev for the European crown in May suggests there’s still plenty of fire burning in Arslan’s belly.
It should be an enjoyable free swinging affair and I’d be surprised if it didn’t go the distance as neither has a habit of falling over. Two very hard men.
However, Huck is the money maker, a huge TV attraction and that, plus edges in youth and ambition, should be enough to see him retain by decision.
Saturday 3rd – Marco Huck v Firsat Arslan
Friday 9th – Paul Butler v John Donnelly
Friday 9th – Ovill McKenzie v Enzo Maccarinelli
Saturday 10th – Nathan Cleverly
Saturday 10th – Abner Mares v Anselmo Moreno
Saturday 17th – Antonio DeMarco v Adrien Broner
Saturday 24th – Robert Guerrero v Andre Berto
Saturday 24th – Sharif Bogere v Richard Abril
Friday 30th – David Price v Matt Skelton
Friday 30th – Freddie Flintoff
Saturday 1st – Austin Trout v Miguel Cotto
Saturday 15th – Ricky Burns v Liam Walsh
Saturday 15th – George Groves v Glen Johnson
Saturday 15th – Billy Joe Saunders v Nick Blackwell
Daniel Geale Sends Blessings to his International Promoter Gary Shaw
November 2, 2012 – Upon hearing the news about hurricane Sandy and the destruction it caused to his international promoter Gary Shaw, middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geal (28-1, 15 KOs), sends his blessing to Team GSP and everyone else who is dealing with the aftermath.
Promoter Gary Shaw, like many in the ravaged New Jersey area, is left without power, electricity and gas for his automobile. Hurricane Sandy is by far the most destructive storm to hit the Northeast in recent years and many people are suffering.
“When I saw that hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the New Jersey coastline, I immediately thought of my promoter Gary Shaw,” said Geale. “My team finally got in contact with Gary and told me he is ok and that brought me great comfort. I send my prayers to everyone that is suffering from the after effects of hurricane Sandy and I hope they have a speedy recovery in putting everything back together.”
Solid ‘Big Things’ undercard: Estrada-Brown, Periera-Abraham
Solid ‘Big Things’ Undercard
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada Headlines Nov. 10 in Providence
PROVIDENCE (November 2, 2012) – Big Six Entertainment has announced a solid undercard for the “Big Things” card, headlined by 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (19-4, 5 KOs), on Saturday night, November 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
Estrada faces veteran heavyweight Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (38-20-1, 23 KOs) in the eight-round main event, which will be supported by nine scheduled fights showcasing many of New England’s favorite boxers.
“Big Six Entertainment is committed to bringing the most competitive and entertaining fights to fans,” Big Six Entertainments president Artie DePinho said. “Jason Estrada is keeping busy and positioning himself for a big fight in the heavyweight division. We’ve put together a good undercard, supporting his main event fight, featuring solid bouts and fan-favorite fighters.”
Unbeaten Pawtucket (RI) light welterweight Diego Periera (7-0-1, 2 KOs) faces his stiffest test to date in the six-round co-feature against battle-tested Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-14-2, 6 KOs), whose deceptive record includes wins over prospects such as highly-decorated U.S. amateur boxer Darnell Jiles (8-2) and previously unbeatens Dominic DeSanto (5-0), Johnathan Vasquez (4-0) and Scott Burell (3-0). Pereira is stepping up to fight a more experienced opponent in a risky fight that is more dangerous than it may appear on paper.
Cape Cod heavyweight Jesse Barboza (4-1-1, 3 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in two years, taking on Kevin Franklin (4-5, 1 KO), who has won four of his last fight six fights, losing to undefeated USBA champion Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) and (21-1,15 KOs) Eric Fields.
The Fight of the Night could very well turn out to be a six-rounder between unbeaten junior welterweights, Gabriel Deluc (6-0, 1 KO), of Boston, and Waterbury’s (CT) Jair Ramos (3-0-1, 2 KOs).
Also fighting on the undercard in four-round fights are Hyannis (MA) light heavyweight Paul Gonsalves (4-2, 3 KOs), who squares-off against Ahmad Mickens (1-2-1); rededicated Providence junior welterweight Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-11-3, 2 KOs) shoots for his first win in four years in a potential brawl with Carlos Hernandez (3-2, 2 KOs), winner of his last three in a row; 2009 New England Golden Gloves champion Russell Lamour, fighting out of Portland (ME), makes his professional debut against middleweight Issa Coulibaly (0-3); former Irish National amateur champion Michael McLaughlin (2-1-1), fighting out of Boston, plans to rebound from his first loss in a welterweight match versus Robert Hunt (0-2), of Hyannis; Providence middleweights Kevin Harrison and Pubilo Pena make their pro debuts fighting each other; Springfield super middleweight Reinaldo Graceski (2-0) goes for his first knockout in a throw-down with Michael Mitchell (0-1).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, reasonably priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling Big Six Boston at 1.617.312.5059, Big Six Providence at 1.401.241.3490 (RI), going on line at www.bigsixentertainment, com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Rhode Island Convention Center box office.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.