IBO cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi will hope to make it fourth time lucky when the Briton battles former WBO king Marco Huck on February 27 in Germany.
The 35 year-old first duked it out with the German in 2009 and could easily have been given the decision at the time, before fighting Huck twice more in quick succession without having his hand raised between 2012 and 2013, with at least one more of those coming with another questionable decision.
Afolabi recently regained the IBO belt for the second time in his career when knocking out Rakhim Chakhkiev in five rounds last month and is relishing defending the title in what should be another mouth-watering encounter with Huck.
“I’m looking forward to fighting Marco Huck again as each one of our fights were very exciting and very close. The difference this time is I am the champion and he is the challenger. I will defend my world title as I am in the peak of my career. Huck will realize this in Germany, just like Chakhkiev found out in Russia in my last fight,” said Afolabi.
Huck, 31, probably begins as a slight favourite due to his previous two victories and the fact he’s yet to lose to Afolabi, although the ‘Cap-n’ is recovering from a bad knockout defeat to Krzysztof Glowacki on his US debut.
“I have to make up for my last fight. I didn’t show what I can do and at the end I beat myself. But that won’t happen again. I have already started preparations and will enter the ring in tip top shape come February 27.
“Ola and I have met in some very exciting and hard fought contests, each one being decided in the final rounds. But I want to close the chapter on Afolabi once and for all and knock him out,” stated Huck.
The contest takes place at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, the scene of Huck last recorded victory against Mirko Larghetti in August 2014.