Huck wants to become first German heavyweight champ since Schmeling, speed could be key

16 Jan

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Marco Huck‘s motivation to make a cruiserweight exit in favour of a heavyweight hurrah has been revealed – the 27-year-old Berliner wants to defeat ‘Regular’ WBA heavyweight world champion Aleksandr Povetkin in order to emulate the achievements of Germany’s last major titlist in boxing’s glamour division; the all-time great Max Schmeling: “I want to write boxing history,” said Huck today, Monday.

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Marco wants to emulate Max, who has astounding heavyweight pedigree

“I want to write boxing history and become the first German heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling,” Huck (34-1-0, 25ko) said in Stuttgart.

Schmeling (56-10-4, 40ko) possesses legendary status. A feared puncher who campaigned during one of the heavyweight division’s golden periods, Schmeling had a fan-friendly style and was involved in a plethora of highlight reel bouts including a 1932 classic with Mickey Walker, went 1-1 with Jack Sharkey, won a knockout and lost a knockout to fellow Hall-of-Famer Joe Louis and dropped a tenth round stoppage to Max Baer.

Huck begins his heavyweight campaign with a world title shot but is confident he can close the gap in mass and become the first to inflict a blemish on Povetkin’s undefeated record: “Povetkin is a very strong opponent, he has won everything as an amateur and now is the world champion. But I know I can beat him. I have trained hard and I am faster.”

For Huck’s coach Ulli Wegner, speed kills, as the pugilistic saying goes: “This is a very special fight that means a lot to everybody. We fancy our chances. One thing is clear, though. Marco can only win if he will be faster than Povetkin.”

Povetkin won the championship due to his out-pointing of Ruslan Chagaev, last year. In his first defence he beat up and knocked out Cedric Boswell. The Russian is anticipated a stern examination against Huck: “I have a lot of respect for Huck. He is fast, tough and very aggressive. I will be prepared for his speed. I will enter the ring in top shape and defend my title.”

Schmeling, to borrow a term from modern parlance, would have been a pay-per-view draw in the 1930’s and was a guaranteed ticket-seller at the gate, backed by the 102,000 fans who turned out to see his first fight with Walter Neusel, the 70,000 who witnessed his clash with Adolf Heuse and the 53,000 who left completely entertained by the match-up with Baer.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes the Huck and Povetkin fight, scheduled for February 25 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, will also be an interest-generator: “A lot of people have asked us why we match two of our best fighters against each other [and] the answer is simple: We want to make the most exciting fights out there. We owe that to the fans. Povetkin-Huck will be the most dramatic and thrilling heavyweight title clash in many, many years.”

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