Huck and McKenzie Set for IBO Cruiserweight Title

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Ovill McKenzie will challenge Germany’s Marco Huck for the IBO Cuiserweight World Title in Frankfurt exclusively live on BoxNation on Saturday 24th September.

31 year-old Huck, who holds the record for the most WBO World Title defences alongside Johnny Nelson, came face-to-face with ‘The Upsetter’ at a press conference in Frankfurt yesterday.

“Obviously, I was really excited once I was able to get back to the top of the division, which is where I belong,” Huck told World Boxing News.

“My fans kept asking me when the next fight was, so I actually feel like it’s a great honor that they want to see me back in the ring. I will thank them by putting on a great performance. It gives me an extra rush of adrenaline when I hear the crowd shouting “Huck, Huck, Huck! – You cannot put a price tag on that feeling. I am 31-years-old now, the prime age for a boxer and I will leave the ring just the way I entered it, as the champion.

“McKenzie did really well during his last fights and should have won the IBF-Title against Ramirez, so I have to be careful and wont underestimate him. But I just pay attention to whether he is a orthodox or southpaw and the rest will present itself on the night.”

It is a big return for hard-hitting Derby based Jamaican McKenzie, who was forced to withdraw from his challenge for the vacant European Cruiserweight Championship against Ukraine’s Dymtro Kucher last month through injury.

McKenzie, 25-12-1 13 KO’s, narrowly missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed former IBF ruler Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October. Now the former British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight title holder is looking to propel himself back on to the world stage with a career best performance.

“I am travelling to Frankfurt to give a great performance. I don’t want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marco’s belt off him and bring it back to England.

“I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now, but I honestly feel like I’m 20. I am in amazing shape.”

Photos/Quotes: Steve Cunningham, Marco Huck & Artur Szpilka Media Workout Ahead of Aug. 14th

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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (August 11, 2015) – Fighters participating on Friday’s Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event held a media workout Tuesday at Global Gym in North Bergen, N.J. before their August 14 fights at Prudential Center in Newark.

 

Friday’s main event pits Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) against Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in a 12-round heavyweight bout with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Also featured on Spike is cruiserweight world champion Marco “Captain” Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) defending his title against Polish contender Krzyzstof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs) and Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (19-1, 14 KOs) taking on Cuba’s Yasmany Consuegra (17-1, 14 KOs).

 

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Huck Sports Promotion are priced at $150, $100, $70 and $45, not including applicable service charges and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center’s box office.

 

Here is what the participants had to say Tuesday, plus quotes from Tarver, who was unable to attend the workouts:

 

 ANTONIO TARVER

 

“I’ve done enough talking.  Now, we are only three days from the fight.

“We both signed a contract to inflict bodily harm on each other for 12 or less rounds.  When the smoke clears, we’ll see who’s left standing.”  

 

STEVE CUNNINGHAM

 

“I did the cruiserweight thing, I was the top of the food chain. I want to do it somewhere else. Heavyweight is the next challenge.

 

“This is a big challenge. Tarver has made history. That’s the kind of challenge I like. Heavyweight is a bigger challenge than cruiserweight. These guys are supposed to be bigger and stronger than me. I’m very competitive and that pushes me during training. The challenges keep me going.

 

“It’s great to be fighting again at Prudential Center. This is familiar territory for me. I’m trying to pick up another win. It’s right up the street from us and we’re looking to drive home happy Saturday.

 

“I fought in Europe so much, fighting this close to home is a little scary. There are a lot of eyes on you. But that’s what we do. We handle pressure and do what we do. If a fighter doesn’t have nerves they’re either lying or don’t have it in them.

 

“I just have to keep putting in work. I’ve had lot’s of close fights, everyone knows how it’s gone down and I’m good with it.

 

“I think I’m ready for a title right now, but it’s up to the media and fans.. We’ll see how the performance goes. If you see a good performance and you demand it, I’m ready.”

 

MARCO HUCK

 

“I don’t really concern myself with my opponents. My only worry is if he is a southpaw or orthodox. A lot of people say they’re in they’re in the best shape of their lives, but they all come crashing down.

 

“The only thing I need to know is that I am going to beat him come Friday night. I want my opponents to adjust to me because I am the world champion.

 

“I take all of my opponents seriously. It is disrespectful not to and he’s very well-ranked.

 

“Training in Las Vegas was tough at first. Obviously coming over from Europe, we’re not used to the heat. I even doubted if this was the right decision but looking at it now it was the perfect decision. We’re in great shape and we adjusted well to the temperature.

 

“When I eventually go back up to heavyweight I want to fight the top guys right away. Maybe I’ll go fight Deontay Wilder, that is definitely an interesting option.

 

“All our focus is on Friday night and our victory.”

 

KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI

 

“Huck is of course the favorite because he’s a world champion. After I beat him, I will be a favorite too. 

 

“People are afraid of Huck’s power but I’m not.  What I want is a hard fought battle and winning by knockout in final round. This is my dream and I will make it happen..”

 

ARTUR SZPILKA

 

“My trainer Ronnie Shields is exactly right saying that I’m here to knock Consuegra out. This is what I will do on Friday.

 

“I worked hard in Houston during training camp. I have the energy to fight 15 rounds if necessary.. My speed and not wasting any of my punches will be the difference.”

 

KAMIL LASZCZYK

 

“It’s a big deal for me to fight in Prudential Center. I started my US career here in 2011 and now fighting in Newark means a lot to me.

 

“I would like to show everybody how good I am offensively. A little more time and I will be able to challenge for a world title.”

 

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Ovill McKenzie Targets Marco Huck Bout If He Gets Past Matty Askin

Renaissance Man Ovill McKenzie is targeting a dream showdown against WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck if he gets past Matty Askin on Friday 27th March at the York Hall, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
 
At 35, the hard-hitting Derby based Jamaican has turned his career around in his last two fights with thunderous victories over Tony Conquest and Jon-Lewis Dickinson to claim the British and Commonwealth titles that he defends against Askin for the first time.
 
Also capturing the Commonwealth title twice at light-heavyweight in a 35-fight career, McKenzie says he’s now in the best form of his life and can go on and defeat Huck to complete an amazing turnaround.
 
“I’ve worked hard throughout my career and not had the protection some unbeaten prospects have had, but it’s made me the fighter I am now and I believe that I’m finally within a shot of a world title if I beat Askin,” Said McKenzie.
 
“That would be a dream for me, to win the world title and add the one title that I’m missing in my career.  I want a good champion like Marco Huck, he’s a well respected name in the division with the prestigious WBO belt that I want,”
 
“Without being disrespectful to Huck, I know that I could beat him, he’s got the style that I know I can overcome.”
 
“The Upsetter” is not overlooking his hard-hitting Blackpool challenger and knows that he’s in for a hard night if he is to keep hold of his belts.
 
He added, “Askin is a good strong fighter, I respect him for stepping up to fight me, he wants it bad, but I want badder, nothing will separate me from my titles until I decide I want to let them go,”
 
“This is a painful sport and I’ve experienced the downs as well as the ups, but one of us has to lose and it ain’t going to be me!  I’ve come too far now and I’m not going to lose it at this stage,”
 
“I seem to be like fine wine maturing with age, the older I get the better I get.”
 
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Askin v McKenzie headlines an action-packed card with Miles Shinkwin’s Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title defence against Richard Horton and The Vacant Southern Area Super-Middleweight title clash between Tom Baker and Kevin Greenwood.  The undercard features a fantastic line-up of undefeated talent, including Mitchell Smith, the WBO European Super-Featherweight Champion, in a six-round contest; unbeaten Wembley light-middleweight prospect Gary Corcoran; Brighton light-middleweight Lloyd Ellett; Welsh light-welterweight Romeo Romeao; Wimbledon welterweight Louis Adolphe; Clapham light-heavyweight Kirk Garvey and the professional debut of heavyweight Nick Webb.
  
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