Interim WBO cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi will have an opportunity to avenge one of his two professional losses, when he faces Marco Huck on May 5. The two will meet at the Messehalle, in Erfurt, Germany.
Afolabi's jab was pretty effective early on in their 2009 encounter, but he strayed away from it as the fight progressed. Huck eventually closed the gap, battering Ola Afolabi with hard combinations. The judges awarded Huck with the unanimous decision, and the 27 year old has successfully defended his belt seven times since then.
Afolabi feels a lot of things have changed since his last loss, and he's confident he'll be able to dethrone Huck.
"I wasn´t completely prepared to take on Huck in our last fight," Afolabi stated in an April 30 press release. "But now I have a new coach in Fritz Sdunek who has taught me so many things. He made me a more complete fighter. We are both better fighters than in the first fight; it is just that I have learned many more things than he has. … I will be the world champion and will take the title with me. I am much stronger and my punch is much harder, it will not go the distance."
Marco Huck tried to secure the WBA world heavyweight title in his last fight against undefeated Alexander Povetkin, but he wasn't able to unseat the Russian. He'll definitely be motivated to get back on the winning side of things, and he promises the fight won't go the distance as well.
"I know that I will win this one again," Huck said. "This time I will be even more convincing. He should be prepared for an early end to his night."
With both men vowing to end the fight early, boxing fans might just be in for a treat when the two settle their unfinished business on Saturday. The first fight between the two was rather entertaining, and I expect more of the same in the rematch.
Press release, "Huck vs. Afolabi: Back to the future!"
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.