WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has exclusively confirmed to WBN that he is willing to put his title on the line against Tony Bellew in the UK if negotiations run smoothly between the pair.
Huck was not too impressed as Bellew earned the right to challenge him with a revenge victory over Nathan Cleverly in Liverpool on Saturday night, which followed with ‘The Bomber’ publicly asking promoter Eddie Hearn to arrange a world title fight on home soil.
Staunch Everton FC fan Bellew hopes that his beloved team’s Goodison Park Stadium can host what would be a super-charged atmosphere for a potential third world title shot against the German champion and Huck to listen to any offers from Hearn in the future.
“I was a bit surprised about how one-sided the fight between Bellew and Cleverly was the other night,” Huck told World Boxing News.
“Cleverly didn’t really do much and just let Bellew take control. Bellew did what he had to and definitely deserved the win. But his performance wasn’t very impressive.
“A fight against me would be explosive though as we both like to trade and are always up for a scrap. As they say styles make fights, and in this case me and Bellew would definitely set the ring on fire.
“If I am honest I would be surprised if he wants to fight me though as he was average against a guy who isn’t a real cruiserweight. If he actually dares to step into the ring with me he has another thing coming for him.
“I am ‘the’ cruiserweight to beat right now and I assure you that I am the real thing.”
Huck went on: “Goodison Park would be an interesting venue to stage the fight and I have always said that I am happy to fight in the UK if the circumstances are right.
“I like the atmosphere the Brits create inside a stadium and I also know that the Scousers are very passionate people. I am sure I could win them over with my aggressive and entertaining style and that me against Bellew can entertain the people of Liverpool.”
Huck, 30, needs just one more victory to overhaul Yorkshireman Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 WBO title defences, with the opportunity now set to present itself for the ‘Cap’n’ to achieve the feat on English soil in 2015.
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