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Marco Huck: My 2012 Fighter of the Year

By Michael Amakor | January 30, 2013

Too often in boxing, great fights never get seen because they did not get featured on HBO or Showtime.

Even when they do, those fights get quickly forgotten when more popular fighters repeatedly take center stage.

In deciding on my fighter of the year for 2012, I used several factors to arrive at my decision including giving more points to a fighter from heavier weight classes, rating the caliber of competition, judging the entertainment value of fights they had and post fight sentiment, and removed the restriction that they fighter remain unbeaten during the year.

Using those factors I choose Marco Huck (35-2-1, 32KO’s) the reigning World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) Cruiserweight champion and #1 ranked fighter in the division according to as my fighter of the year, a brawler popular in here


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WBA: Denis Lebedev (Russia)

WBC: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (Poland)

WBO: Marco Huck

IBF: Yoan Hernandez (Germany)

IBO: Danny Green (Australia)

They last time this division had a unified and undisputed champion was back in 2006 when O’Neil Bell stopped Jean Marc Mormeck to unify all the belts in the Don King promoted undisputed cruiserweight world championship, but they division lost its focus shortly thereafter.

Currently, the various titles have been seized by a group of brutal sluggers with Huck (35-2-1, 25KOs), Lebedev (24-1, 18KOs), Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33KOs), Hernandez (27-1, 13KOs) and Danny Green currently at the top of the food chain after a recent game of fistic musical chairs in 2012.

Hernandez twice bested former titlist Cunningham and Troy Ross to win and retain the IBF title. Danny Green regained the vacant IBO title after the IBO stripped Antonio Tarver for testing positive for a banned substance.

Dennis Lebedev was enthroned as the new WBA champion, after the WBA stripped Guillermo Jones for being inactive since 2011. Marco Huck fresh off his close loss to Povetkin for the interim heavyweight title stepped back down to put down violent uprisings to his reign by Ola Afolabi and Arslan Firat in wild brawls he barely escaped, all in just 2012.

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, the longest reigning champ has been feasting on shot fighters past their prime and only fought once in 2012, but he is still remains dangerous but untested.

Every single championship fight in this division has been a wildly entertaining brawl, but it will be difficult for a dominant unified and undisputed champion to emerge in the cruiserweight division as none of these fighters are based in the United States were the momentum for unification historically originates from.

Another impediment that has prevented the continuous campaign for a unified and undisputed champion in this division are they light purses former champions earned in the past until only quite recently. The fighters and champions in this division have reacted by using the division as a temporary pit stop on their way up to the heavyweight division and its perceived heavier purses instead of staying put and unifying the titles in the division.

But there is a glimmer of hope that Hernandez and Huck may get to square off in an all-German super fight if they can get past Eric Fields or Ola Afolabi in their next fights respectively, but if either of them losses, all bets will be completely off, and even partial unification will be kicked forward indefinitely.

Fields: Hernandez is in Danger!

December 28, 2012 - Ardmore, Oklahoma, power puncher Eric "Danger" Fields (21-1, 15 KOs) is hoping he’ll be underestimated when he brings his heavy fists to Germany on February 2, 2013, to face IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

Fields and Hernandez will meet in the main supporting bout of the European Light Heavyweight Championship main event between Eduard Gutknecht and Juergen Braehmer.

"This is his third defense and he’s had some big wins and he’s a southpaw, so I bet he’s feeling real confident fighting a guy in the top 15. Well, guess what? He’s in danger and he won’ here

Huck Defends WBO Belt in Thriller

November 5, 2012 - The Fans at the Gerry Weber Stdion in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, witnessed a great show. WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck defended his title for the tenth time in front of 7.000 spectators. After twelve thrilling rounds, the judges saw the 27-year-old with 115:113, 115:113, and 117:111 ahead of his opponent Firat Arslan. After his 35th victory out of 38 fights as a professional, Huck is expected to receive the status as WBO´s Super-Champion.

But the bout against Arslan was anything but plain sailing. "I fought like a lion here

Marco Huck to defend WBO title against Firat Arslan

Fans of all-action fights can look forward to another highlight this fall. On November 3, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck is going to defend his beloved title against "fighting machine" Firat Arslan. The venue for this world championship bout will be the Gerry-Weber-Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany.

For Huck, it will be a return to the place of his biggest victory. Exactly three years ago, the now 27-year-old fighter dethroned then WBO titlist Victor Emilio Ramirez from Argentina and became a world champion himself. Since then, the cruiserweight, who was raised in Bielefeld, Germany has defended his championship nine times. Huck wants Arslan to be number ten on that list. A win would also be special, as the World Boxing Organization would crown Huck their Super-Champion at cruiserweight. "That is an extra motivation", said Huck. "I would be the first fighter in our Team to receive that honour. I will not let the chance of becoming WBO Super-Champion slip away."

Nevertheless, in Firat Arslan, the prodigy of Ulli Wegner will face the number eight-ranked fighter by the WBO, who will be anything but an easy ride for him. "He is a real machine, constantly putting pressure on his opponents. Moreover, he is a southpaw. I will have to be in top condition," according to the world champion.

Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer: "We are happy to be hosting another all-German affair. These are the kind of fights, which polarise the masses. Huck against Arslan is also a fight between a current and a former world champion. That gives it some extra spice."

Tickets for the event on November 3 can be purchased online at or Further information can be obtained at

Hernandez Defends belt vs Ross on September 15

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) will take on the challenge of his mandatory defence. The 27-year-old IBF Cruiserweight World Champion will face Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) on September 15 at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany.

Hernandez won the interim WBA title back in February of last year in Muelheim (Ruhr) against Steve Herelius from France. He really shot to fame on October 1, 2011. In Neubrandenburg he dethroned the then IBF World Champion Steve Cunningham by a technical decision. The rematch against the American took place in Frankfurt (Main) in February. Hernandez sent

Cunningham crashing to the floor twice during round four.

But the former champion refused to give up and fought his way back into the fight. After twelve rounds the judges saw Hernandez in front of Cunningham and scored the bout with 116:110, 116:110 and 115:111 in favour of the Cuban. As a reward he did not only regain the IBF-Belt but was also awarded the belt of "The Ring" magazine.

"This was one of the best Championship fights I have ever seen," said Coach Ulli Wegner afterwards. "Yoan Pablo once again proved his class and won against a very strong and competitive Steve Cunningham." Now the trainer and his prodigy will be travelling to Bamberg.

In Troy Ross, currently number three in the IBF rankings, Hernandez faces a tricky opponent. "He is very quick, agile and throws hard punches. I saw his title bout against Steve Cunningham back in June 2010. He was really strong but had to stop the fight due to a heavy cut. He was really unfortunate and will try everything to beat me and become the new world champion."

Tickets for the big fight night at the Stechert Arena will be available atthe end of the week. They can be purchased online on and


CARSON, Calif., (June 3, 2012) – The age-old question of who wins out – experience or youth – was only half answered Saturday night on a compelling night of fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIPS BOXING.

Former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6-1, 20 KO’s), age 43, and unbeaten 29-year-old Lateef Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KO’s) fought to a 12-round draw while 28-year-old Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) took out 40-year-old former undisputed 154-pound champion Winky Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs) by unanimous 10-round decision in the final two of four televised fights from The Home Depot Center.

Kayode, who had graduated from ShoBox to the big stage and was fighting in his ..continue

Hernandez Dethrones Cunningham, Wins IBF Cruiserweight Title

Ulli Wegner believes that Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) victory over IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) should have been a first round KO rather than a sixth-round technical decision.

The hard-hitting Cuban knocked down his American opponent in the first round with a huge left hook. “The referee saved Cunningham from a flash KO,” Wegner said of the count that lasted at least 14 seconds. “He gave Cunningham too much time to recover. And then his corner extended the recovery time between the first and the second round by staying in the ring after the .. continue



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Lateef Kayode: “I trained so hard for this fight and I’m so well-prepared. It depends how he fights. If he runs around and slaps, he might last for a while. If he fights he won’t last.

“He (Cora) makes the same mistake over and over and exposes his chin. I have to capitalize on that because he doesn’t have a great chin.

“ShoBox has really made my career what it is up to this point. I’m just so proud to be back on SHOWTIME. Sure, I’m looking for bigger and better things but I have to be patient right now and realize there isn’t a huge market for cruiserweights like myself in America.

“We’re not looking past Felix Cora. He could present problems being a southpaw, but we’ve studied him and just have to keep to our game plan and we’ll be fine.”

Felix Cora Jr.: “I feel good and very confident. I won’t make predictions, but it’ll be an entertaining fight. I’ll feel him out early and do my best.

“He’s a great fighter, very tough, well-conditioned and very determined.

“I appreciate him giving me this opportunity and it’ll feel good to be champion.”

B J Flores Stops Iannuzzi For Cruiser Titles


Once-beaten Cruiserweight contender, BJ Flores came home to score an emphatic fifth round stoppage over tough Nick Iannuzzi in front of over 2,000 fans at the O’Reilly Center that highlighted the first ever Danger Boy Promotions card in Springfield, Missouri.


The show was a hybrid event that featured four boxing and six MMA bouts which had a capacity crowd entertained throughout the evening.

The show will be available all over the world on Thursday July 28th on for just $9.99 by clicking:

Flores got off to a quick start by dropping Iannuzzi in round one from a big overhand right.  Iannuzzi barely beat the referee’s count.

Over the next three rounds, Flores focused on the body which had Iannuzzi backing away and not trying to engage much with the hard punches of Flores.

In the fifth round, Flores came out aggressive by landing two hard rights and body work.  He repeated that same combination and backed Iannuzzi up in the corner.  Flores finished land five with another hard right.

Iannuzzi’s corner stopped the fight after round five with Flores ahead 50-44 on all cards.

“I felt very good and very strong. Coming in at 200 pounds instead of 195 like for my last fight was a huge difference! This was the type of fight I needed. Nick Ianuzzi showed he is a top level North American cruiserweight fighting Lateef Kayode and I went out there and dominated him and on to the next one”, Said Flores

“I will be fighting again in Springfield, MO. in the end of October. I will fight another tough top rated North American opponent and I expect the same type of result. This is a new chapter in my career where I will be active and exciting!””

With the win, Flores showed power that he has been working on and improves his mark to 25-1-1 with sixteen knockouts


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