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Huck to drop down, defend cruiser title

Marco Huck

Marco Huck (right) impressed in his heavyweight debut, despite losing a narrow decision to Alexander Povetkin (Thomas Kienzle/Getty Images).

Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck, who impressed in his heavyweight debut despite earning a narrow loss to Alexander Povetkin last month, has decided to drop back down to cruiserweight to defend his title. Huck will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi.

“We believe that defending his WBO cruiserweight title is the best thing for Marco to do,” said Huck’s promoter, Wilfried Sauerland. “At the age of 27 he is still very young for a boxer. He can always move up to heavyweight later.”

Huck won the WBO title in 2009 and made eight defenses of it -- including a competitive decision win over Afolabi -- before deciding to make the jump to cruiserweight. In the aftermath of the loss to Povetkin, Huck called for an immediate rematch. But with Povetkin required to fulfill a mandatory defense of his minor title against Hasim Rahman in his next fight, Huck elected to go back and defend his title.

“I would have loved to remain at heavyweight but my team convinced me to stay at cruiserweight for the time being,” Huck said. “That’s fine for me. I am happy to continue my domination and keep destroying opponents. I will start with Afolabi. He is a dangerous fighter but he has no chance against me.”

Sauerland Event GM Chris Meyer told SI.com that a Povetkin-Huck rematch was possible -- if both fighters want it.

“We would love to do the rematch, though there is always bad blood if two fighters in one stable fight each other,” Meyer said. At the end it is only up to the fighters if they want to do it.”

-- Chris Mannix

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