Legendary cruiserweight rivals Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi and Marco “Kapt’ n” Huck will meet for the fourth time on Saturday, February 27 at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
Presented by Huck Sports Promotion, from London, England and currently living in Los Angeles, California, Afolabi, 22-4-4 (11KO’s), will defend his IBO Cruiserweight World Title against Huck, 38-3-1 (26KO’s) of Berlin, Germany at the famed tennis stadium.
In their three previous, close-fought battles, Huck has won twice on the judges’ scorecards while a draw was declared in their 2012 bout. All previous 36 rounds between Afolabi and Huck have featured excellent two-way action.
A press conference was held this week at the venue for the highly anticipated fourth matchup between the two combatants.
“We have been in this situation on three previous occasions. Every time we squared off it was a real barn burner. It will the same on February 27. I am in the comfortable situation that I am the champion this time round and he is the challenger. Marco is the one trying to take my belt. I wish him luck, but that won’t help him.”
“This is the most important fight of my career. I want to prove it to everyone who has written me off after the loss. Hence the theme of the fight is ‘Huck Reloaded’. I will start from zero and have to fight my way back to the top – where I belong. You can always lose but you have to get back up again, that is how you can show that you are a real champion. I might have lost a battle but I will definitely win the war.”
On November 5, Afolabi traveled to Kazan, Russia where he stopped Chakhkiev in the fifth rounder of their scheduled twelve rounder.
Following the 2013 win over Afolabi in defense of his WBO Cruiserweight World Title, Huck stopped Firat Arslan in the sixth round on January 25, 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. On August 30, 2014, Huck won a 12-round unanimous decision over Mirko Larghetti at the Gerry Weber Stadium.
Huck made his United States debut on August 14, 2015 in an epic, “Fight of the Year” nominated clash against Krzysztof Glowacki in Newark, New Jersey. Dropping Glowacki in the sixth, Huck would be stopped in the eleventh for only the third loss in his 11-year career.
Tickets for the fight on February 27 in Halle, Germany are available on www.gerryweber-world.de and +49 5201 8180.