4th May 2012

Having
pushed Alex Povetkin to the wire in an audacious WBA World Heavyweight
title challenge in February, Serbian icon Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck makes a
swift return to battle this Saturday, intent on clearing up some
unfinished mess at 200lbs.
At the
Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany, the 27 year old Berlin based WBO cruiser
king defends his belt for a ninth time with an overdue commitment
against south London born Ola Afolabi.
Huck nabbed a tight, many say
debatable, 12 round decision over the now Las Vegas residing Nigerian in
December 2009 and the re-sit between two explosive punchers promises to
be spicy.
Reigning
British cruiser champ and BoxNation commentator Enzo Maccarinelli, a
former ninth round kayo victim of the challenger, provides an insightful
preview of what promises to be a high grade and potentially combustible
affair.
Huck v Afolabi is live and exclusive tomorrow night on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).  Join at www.boxnation.com 
Big Macc says: “No
excuses for when Afolabi beat me. Sparring extensively with both
Klitschkos has clearly given him a lot of confidence and he’s a very
tricky customer who uses the ropes very well, has this sort of
‘rope-a-dope’ thing going on. He’s a good counterpuncher and sort of
prompts you into trying to counterpunch his counterpunches. 
Obviously
Ola can whack, as he showed against both me and Terry Dunstan, though I
have to say that his knockout of me was as much due to my exhaustion as
anything; exhaustion that he caused, to be fair. I trained very hard
and, for that fight, I packed a lot of weight on. Ola made me miss a lot
which fatigued me, and I shot my load after three rounds. He tired me
out, made me overreach, then caught me flush with a massive shot – a
peach of a right hand- over a lazy left that I threw.
I
think the secret to beating Afolabi is to keep your work rate high and
force him onto the back foot but, lately, he’s become far better at
coming forward. He absolutely destroyed Valery Brudev with long shots
last time out (rtd 5, March).
Marco’s
greatest attribute is his aggression. He hits very hard and doesn’t
care where he hits you. He’s big at the weight and naturally very strong
as he showed against Povetkin. He did very well in that fight.
German
fans are notoriously sedate because the majority of their fighters are
sedate; nice, tight technicians. But Huck comes out exploding. The way
to beat Huck is to be able to bang yourself, grab his attention.
Otherwise, he’ll just walk through you. I always really fancied the
fight when I was big myself. It certainly would’ve been exciting.
He’s
good but far from unbeatable. I thought Afolabi beat him in their first
fight and I also felt that Denis Lebedev beat him. I fancy Ola to
dominate even more decisively this time. He’s a very smart fighter and I
don’t think he’ll allow Huck to land his heavy punches. I pick Afolabi
as a clear points winner and, in Germany, it’ll have to be very clear!”