Marco “Captain” Huck (21-1, 16 KOs) will take on European cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Monrose (24-1, 15 KOs) in his hometown of Bielefeld on September 20. It will be a special fight for the 23-year-old who returns to the place where he almost celebrated the biggest success of his career..
Back in December 2007, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham handed Huck the first defeat of his career. “The support of my home fans was phenomenal,” Huck said. “This time I will leave the ring victorious. Winning the European title would bring me much closer to a world title fight. And I am really looking forward to returning to Bielefeld. I have to make amends for the Cunningham fight.”
Huck bounced back with two straight wins, including a ninth-round TKO victory over Frantisek Kasanic to clinch the IBF Intercontinental Title. Huck stopped the hard-hitting Slovakian despite suffering a broken jaw in the fourth round. Three days after the fight, he successfully underwent surgery in Berlin. Six screws and one titanium plate were inserted into his jaw. “I don´t have any problems any more,” Huck said.
“I have recovered fully and things have been going very good in practice.”
A victory over Monrose would put Huck back in line for a shot at the world title, and coach Ulli Wegner is optimistic his fighter will make the most out of this opportunity. “He has learned his lesson from the Cunningham fight,” Wegner said. “He has given the right answer in practice. He comes closer to fighting to his potential every day. I am sure he will confirm his good shape against Monrose.”
In the co-featured main event, newly-crowed European super-middleweight champion Karo Murat (17-0, 11 KOs) will make his first title defence against Gabriel Campillo (16-1, 6 KOs). “I am looking forward to returning to Bielefeld,” Murat said. Back in December, he stopped Emiliano Cayetano in the seventh round of an entertaining fight. “I will continue where I left it.
Local Fighter Ready to Shine at River Cree Resort and Casino
On August 15, at The Venue at The River Cree Resort and Casino, in Enoch, Alberta, the stage will be set for the battle between undefeated British middleweight sensation “Dazzling” Darren Barker (17-0, 11 KO’s) and Larry Sharpe (22-4, 10 KO’s), of Pine Falls, Manitoba, but local fighters like super middleweight Jason DeLaronde (8-0, 1 KO), featherweight Omar Valdez (4-2-1, 1 KO), heavyweight Sheldon Hinton (7-6-1, 2 KO’s), and junior middleweight Trevor Moyah (3-3-1, 1 KO) are looking to steal the show.
For DeLaronde, the card – presented by Hennessy Sports Canada, and The River Cree Resort and Casino, and shown live, in Canada, on Super Channel (check your local listings for details) – is the biggest opportunity of his burgeoning career.
“Fighting on this card is a big deal. This is a chance to show some big names like Darren Barker what I’m capable of.”
“I better bring my A-plus game to the table.”
DeLaronde will take on Eduardo Calderon (4-6), a foe who, he insists, will not be underestimated.
“It doesn’t matter what your opponent’s record is, they’re a fighter, and they come to fight, and win.”
“Everybody has their day, so I have to up the percentages that the day will belong to me by training like mad, and leaving the gym everyday knowing I gave it my all. That’s the only way the odds will be in my favour.”
According to DeLaronde’s trainer, Ken Lakusta, the undefeated prospect does more than just pay lip service when it comes to his training regiment.
“This kid is such a hard trainer, and he’s so fit. He moves well in the ring, and he’s tough to find, and he’s got some snap on his punches.”
“He fights a lot like Roy Jones Jr.”
And while his trainer is quick to lavish praise, DeLaronde, a relative newcomer to boxing, isn’t about to let any lofty comparisons go to his head.
“I have so much room for improvement, and I need to keep learning.”
“I don’t have any amateur experience, so I have to train twice as hard as these guys with long backgrounds in the sport.”
“My feet can be faster. My hands can hit harder. I can be better. I can never ever keep myself from improving. It has to always be ‘Go, Go, Go!’”
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