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.”

Frank Warren Appeals for Immediate Rematch Between Ovill McKenzie & Victor Emilio Ramirez

Promoter Frank Warren will make a request to the International Boxing Federation to order an immediate rematch between Ovill McKenzie and the organisation’s World Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez.
 
McKenzie fought the fight of his life against Argentina’s Ramirez in his backyard at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Buenos Aires on Friday night, despite taking the fight at only 11 days’ notice.
 
The judges were split at the end with Alejandro Lopez Cid scoring it for Ramirez 115-113, Larry Layton giving it to McKenzie 115-113 and John Poturaj level at 114-114.
 
Known as the “Upsetter” for taking fights at short notice and causing upsets, McKenzie gave it to Ramirez from the early rounds using his jab and his feet as the defending champion ploughed forward looking to land his big punches.
 
In the second, McKenzie delivered a powerful right hand, but the tough Argentine absorbed it well.  Ramirez was more active in the third and fourth with McKenzie taking a few hard rights, but in the sixth McKenzie fired into action landing two hard rights on the defending champion.
 
Ramirez tried to put the pressure on in the eighth and night, but in the tenth McKenzie landed a punishing right hand that stiffened Ramirez’s legs and he followed it up with a good combination.
 
The Derby based Jamaican put everything into the last couple of rounds knowing that he needed a big finish on foreign soil to get the decision and fought until the end, but the judges’ saw things differently and declared it a draw.
 
Warren believes that McKenzie won the fight and that the IBF should do the right thing and order an immediate rematch.
 
He said, “It was an exceptional performance from McKenzie fighting away from home in Ramirez’s home city and remember he only came into the fight with 11 days’ notice, but gave it gave it everything he had.  I think that McKenzie well won the fight and did more than Ramirez in the rounds, although some were close, McKenzie was the better man and hurt him on a number of occasions.  I will write to the IBF in view of the decision that it was scored a draw and that they do the right thing and give McKenzie an immediate rematch against Ramirez which I believe is only fair.”

Ovill McKenzie Guarantees to Upset Victor Ramirez In Buenos Aires

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Ovill McKenzie has promised to live up to his nickname “The Upsetter” when he travels to Argentina to challenge IBF World Cruiserweight Champion Victor Ramirez at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club, in Buenos Aires, on Friday 2nd October.
 
McKenzie will replace original opponent Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who was the IBF Champion, but was stripped of the title due to injury and IBF Interim Champion Ramirez was installed as the full champion.
 
It’s a dream world title shot for the 35-year-old from Jamaica, who has been a professional for over 15 years, and is a former two-time Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight Champion and the current British, Commonwealth and WBA Continental Cruiserweight Champion.
 
With a record of 25 wins, 12 losses and 13 knockouts, McKenzie has caused some upsets in his career with surprise wins over unbeaten fighters.  He’s had an Indian summer with his career of late and in his last four fights has won three by knockout with wins over Janne Forsman, Matty Askin, Jon Lewis Dickinson and Tony Conquest.
 
McKenzie knows that he’s up against it in Ramirez’s backyard and is not underestimating the 31-year-old who’s caused upsets himself when he travelled to Germany and beat previously undefeated Alexander Alekseev to win the Interim WBO World Cruiserweight title in 2009.
 
“This is an unbelievable opportunity that has been put in front of me and one that I won’t get again so I will give it everything I’ve got,” Said McKenzie.
 
“I’ve been a pro for 15 years and I’ve never had it easy, some decisions have gone against me when I believe I’ve won, others I’ve lost fair and square, I’ve not moaned about it and just kept training, fighting and plugging away with the belief that one day I would get a world title shot, well Brutha, that day is here,”
 
“I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had a world title fight against Ramirez, but that it was going to be next week, I’ve had short notice fights all my life so this is no different for me.  It makes no difference that it’s in Argentina, I will fight anywhere in the world and I’m fit and ready,”
 
“I’ve been in this sport a long time and I’ve seen the ups and downs.  Ramirez is a good fighter, he’s done the business abroad himself and that deserves respect.  He’s defending his title at home so I know what I have to do to win out there and that’s to knockout him out,”
 
“All I’ve ever wanted was a world title shot and to prove myself and against Ramirez I will put everything on the line as I believe in my heart that I can’t beat him,”
 
“I’d like to thank Frank Warren and Martin Bowers for this fabulous opportunity and I will do everything I can to bring the world title home to Britain.”
 
McKenzie v Ramirez will be televised exclusively live on BoxNation with FOUR British fighters in world title fights on the The Channel Of Champions in the next month.  Frank Buglioni challenges WBA World Super-Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov this Saturday (26th September) at the SSE Arena, Wembley; WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan defends his title against Diego Magdaleno and Liam Smith challenges John Thompson for the Vacant WBO Super-Welterweight Championship on a massive double-header at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 10th October.
 
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