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Q&A: Marco Huck

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Photo by Adam Berry

Photo by Adam Berry

 

Marco Huck returns from nearly a year-long hiatus to put his WBO cruiserweight title on the line against his unbeaten mandatory challenger Krzysztof Glowacki in his American debut this Friday.

It is a significant title defense for the German, who sports an impressive record of 38-2-1 with 26 knockouts.



“I will have made more title defenses than anybody else [at cruiserweight] and will go down in the history books of boxing,” Huck told RingTV.com. “I have equaled Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 WBO defenses last year and, August 14, I will beat [Glowacki] with number 14.”

Huck won the WBO strap in 2009 – only heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has reigned longer. Since then, he’s bested awkward Ola Afolabi (twice against one draw), teak-tough compatriot Firat Arslan (twice) and current WBA beltholder Denis Lebedev in an excellent 2010 encounter.

The 30-year-old elected to sever ties with long time promoter Sauerland Event in his homeland last year and make the move to America in an exciting new venture.

Huck-Glowacki opens the Spike TV broadcast headlined by Antonio Tarver vs. Steve Cunningham in a heavyweight crossroads match-up neither can afford to lose. The Premier Boxing Champions telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

RingTV.com – What are your thoughts on facing Glowacki?

Marco Huck – I am looking forward to getting back into the ring. I haven’t fought for a while and my fists have been itching to get going. Now that fight night is almost upon me, I can’t wait.

RTV – What do you feel Glowacki brings to the fight in terms of strengths and areas you can exploit?

MH – I haven’t really been paying that much attention to him. I am only concerned with myself and what I bring to the table, not with what my opponent brings. He should be thinking about me. Not the other way around.

RTV – It has been nearly a year since your last fight. Can you tell us why you have been inactive for so long?

MH – That was due to the transition from ending ties with my former promoter and starting my own company.

RTV – Why did you decide to part with Sauerland Event?

MH – I wanted to do it by myself as well as I didn’t trust them anymore after a fight everybody remembers [versus Alexander Povetkin in 2012], which I should have won but didn’t in the end.

RTV – Is there any bad blood or was it amicable?

MH – Not from my part. I always said that I am grateful for all the successes and victories we celebrated together. We achieved a lot during those 10 years. But I have to say that I am disappointed with the way they handled the whole situation. They were trying to make things as hard as possible for me, although I haven’t done anything wrong by going my own path.

RTV – You are now based in America, training with Don House. Can you tell us about making the move to America and training with a different trainer?

MH – Training with Don House is great. He is very different than my previous coach, Ulli Wegner. He gives me more freedom, which also means that I have more responsibilities. The training itself is obviously American boxing. I want to mix that with the German school, which I think will make me unstoppable.

RTV – What future goals do you have?

MH – I want to make a few more defenses. Then eventually I will move back to the heavyweight division and make history there by becoming the first German heavyweight world champion since the great Max Schmeling.

RTV – What are your thoughts on the cruiserweight division and the other current champions?

MH – As I said, I don’t concern myself with anybody else but me. I am the best there is. All the others are not on my level.

RTV – Away from boxing what do you enjoy doing?

MH – I like to spend the time I have with my two sons and the rest of my family. There is nothing better. Apart from that, I also like to travel and go out every once in a while.

RTV – In closing, do you have a message for Glowacki?

MH – Get ready for a real beating.

 

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright

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