Afolabi Battle Ready For Huck

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Nigeria-born WBO Interim Cruiserweight champion, Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) has started final preparation for his title bout against WBO Cruiserweight champion, Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) billed to hold on 5 May in Erfurt, Germany.

The pugilist started his preparation two weeks ago for this much anticipated re-match, and has been training with fitness expert, Harold Parker, at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice, California.

Afolabi’s opponent is returning from a brief and ultimately unsuccessful foray into the Heavyweight class, when he lost narrowly on points to Alexander Povetkin when challenging for his WBA title in February.

The Interim Champion, who lost on points against Huck in December 2009, has vowed to take revenge when the boxers get into the squared rope in May.

“Marco did not win the first fight, I lost it. Back then the environment I surrounded myself with was not professional but now I’m with K2 Promotions and the Klitschkos. Fritz Sdunek is my coach. All these provides me with the mentality of a champion and I’m ready to take out Huck,” boasted Afolabi.

He said: “I have waited for this fight for a long time. Huck has done everything possible to avoid fighting me again. He even moved to Heavyweight to delay this fight. This time, I will not leave any doubt and I will become WBO Cruiserweight champion.”

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Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions said that he is convinced that Afolabi will turn the tables against Huck on 5 May.

“I promised Afolabi another world title shot when he signed with us. Now that he has been training with Vitali Klitschko’s trainer, Fritz Sdunek, he has become a completely different fighter.

“Even though Huck lost to Povetkin, he showed a lot of heart and proved why he is considered the top Cruiserweight in the world. This time, Afolabi will be much better prepared and I am convinced that he will be world champion on 5 May,” Loeffler declared.

Afolabi is the only fighter from the UK with a claim to a world title, beside Nathan Cleverly. He is proud of his English heritage and hopes the fans will turn up to support him in his fight in Germany. His fights have been televised in the UK and worldwide as the co-feature of the huge Klitschko promotions in the last years.

—Bimbo Ajayi