Huck Says This Has Been His Most Intense Training Camp Ever


June 8 will see a fast paced and highly entertaining fight at the
Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin: Current WBO Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25
KOs) takes on Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time. The two
previous title bouts between them were extremely close and full of action.
Currently the reigning champion is in his last preparations of his training
camp. In an interview, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner gives insights into
his fitness and what he thinks of his opponent Ola Afolabi.

Marco Huck, you are currently at a training camp close to the Baltic Sea.
How are you feeling?

Marco Huck: I am feeling really good. The surrounding here is ideal for a
good preparation. It is just a few steps from the hotel to the gym – and
just a few more to the beach. We also have a great spa where I can relax
after a hard day’s work. I am getting to my best, which I will be come June

Would you say that preparations are more intense when you are at a training

Marco Huck: Yes, I would definitely say so. You can completely focus on the
sport and your goals. Nothing else matters during that time. Everything that
could distract you is far away. That enables the coach to get the best out
of you.

The fight against Ola Afolabi has been floating around for quite some time
now. Different dates for the fight have been mentioned. How did you cope
with this situation of uncertainty?

Marco Huck: It was very uncomfortable. The date has been changed on numerous
occasions and I have been preparing for the fight since the beginning of the
year. It is like if you are stuck in top gear but you are unable to release
the handbrake. After everything was finally settled, I was fully focused on
the fight and started to look forward to it.

This will be the third time that you square off with Afolabi. How does the
knowledge you possess about him influence your training?

Marco Huck: My coach Mister Wegner as well as myself know exactly how to
prepare for Afolabi. The main focus during the preparation is on the
strategy. Whoever manages to surprise the other one will stand a better
chance to win.

Which strengths did you detect during your first two fights with Afolabi?
Where do you see his weaknesses?

Marco Huck: He is technically very gifted and has a powerful punch, which I
felt first hand. I also know some of his weaknesses but I won’t unveil them
before the big night. You will be able to see them come June 8.

How do you deal with the fact that Afolabi always seems to come back? Do you
find that frustrating?

Marco Huck: No, not at all. Afolabi is a world-class operator at
cruiserweight who fought hard for his position in the rankings. Our first
two encounters were very tough and close battles. That is exactly what the
fans want to see when they watch a fight. And I want to give them another
exciting bout.

Would you say that it is easier to fight someone, who has shared the ring
with you before or is it more challenging?

Marco Huck: I would say that it is easier. I doubt that he has developed as
a boxer. Therefore, I know that I will cause him some serious problems,
which he will not have dealt with during the previous two fights.

Which one of the two mentioned encounters did you like more? The first one
from 2009 or the second one back in 2012?

Marco Huck: Definitely the 2009 fight. That was my first title defense of
the world championship. I was very motivated and followed my tactics
throughout the whole of the twelve rounds. Our rematch in 2012 was a whole
different story. I just lost against Alexander Povetkin for the heavyweight
crown, which I thought I won. After this disappointing loss I went through a
low. That is why I was not able to show my full potential last May in
Erfurt. However, that will change dramatically in Berlin. I will be back at
my best.

June 8 will be your first fight in Berlin for more than two years. How
excited are you to be returning to the German capital?

Marco Huck: I live here and in my opinion Berlin is one of the best cities
in the world. It is a great place to live and I feel right at home. That is
why I want to put on a good show at the Max-Schmeling-Halle.

Is there a danger of being too motivated going into the fight, as this is
your home city?

Marco Huck: I will have to be careful not to get carried away by the
reception of the crowd. That being said, normally a good atmosphere gives me
some extra strength and energy, which pushes me a bit more and helps me to
win. That will probably also be the case on June 8.

Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin,
Germany can be purchased at and

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