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Exclusive: Marco Huck, Ovill McKenzie talk Sept 24 IBO title bout

Phil Jay 21/07/2016

Marco Huck put his IBO cruiserweight title on the line September 24 when the German battles hardened Briton Ovill McKenzie.

The 31 year-old, who holds the record for the most WBO title defenses alongside Johnny Nelson, faces former world title challenger McKenzie in Frankfurt, Germany.

Huck came face-to-face with ‘The Upsetter’ at a press conference on Wednesday where both fighters spoke to WBN about their chances in the fight,

“Obviously, I was really excited once I was able to get back to the top of the division, which is where I belong,” said Huck, who lost his WBO belt in a shock knockout against Krzysztof Glowacki last year.

“My fans kept asking me when the next fight was, so I actually feel like it’s a great honor that they want to see me back in the ring. I will thank them by putting on a great performance. It gives me an extra rush of adrenaline when I hear the crowd shouting “Huck, Huck, Huck! – You cannot put a price tag on that feeling. I am 31-years-old now, the prime age for a boxer and I will leave the ring just the way I entered it, as the champion.”

“I am 31-years-old now, the prime age for a boxer and I will leave the ring just the way I entered it, as the champion.

“McKenzie did really well during his last fights and should have won the IBF-Title against Ramirez, so I have to be careful and wont underestimate him. But I just pay attention to whether he is a orthodox or southpaw and the rest will present itself on the night.”

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Ovill McKenzie himself stated: “I  am travelling to Frankfurt to give a great performance. I don’t want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marco’s belt off him and bring it back to England.

“I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now, but I honestly feel like im 20. I am in amazing shape.”

Varol Vekiloglu, trainer of Marco Huck, said:

“Marco is an incredibly strong and powerful boxer. We are taking about what he has already got in his fight game and trying to build on that even more. I am definitely not going to change anything about him. I will never have the ambition to change anything about him.

“Taking McKenzie’s record out of the equation, he is a very dangerous and uncomfortable opponent. Although he isn’t the tallest, his reach is very good. That makes it hard to figure him out and difficult to fight. Marco will need to stay focused throughout the fight. We know about McKenzies strengths and weaknesses. We will neutralize his strengths and Marco will use his own strong points to take advantage of Ovills weaknesses.”

“Marco will need to stay focused throughout the fight. We know about McKenzie’s strengths and weaknesses. We will neutralize his strengths and Marco will use his own strong points to take advantage of Ovill’s weaknesses.”