Tickets on sale! Usyk and Huck ready for Muhammad Ali Trophy opener
WBO World Champion Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) and Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs) both confident before the first ever contest of the World Boxing Super Series, the cruiserweight quarter-final at the Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin on September 9th.
“This is a big fight,” said Marco Huck. “I have had many big fights in my career, so this is nothing new to me. I have won world titles and defended them many times, but the Muhammad Ali Trophy is unique, and I will add it to my collection!”
“Usyk is the so-called favourite, but he will regret that he picked me,” said Huck, who held the WBO title from 2009 to 2015, making thirteen consecutive successful defenses.
Number one seed in the 200lb (90.7 kg) bracket, Usyk, picked the experienced German fighter at the the Draft Gala in Monaco in July.
30-year-old Usyk, who took Gold at heavyweight at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will have been reigning WBO World Champion for almost a full year when he enters the ring in Berlin.
“The fact that we are fighting in Germany makes me want to win even more,” said Usyk
“I will fight with passion, but I’m not going to reveal how I will beat him. I picked Huck because my fans urged me on social media. Huck was the most famous of the four fighters I could choose. Huck is very experienced and he isn’t scared of anything, so my fans and Huck’s fans will be witnessing a great fight!”
Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, is looking forward to the World Boxing Super Series kicking-off on September 9th. “The first fight of the tournament will be staged in one of the most famous and influential cities in Europe in one of the most important boxing markets. Two great champions and the first glimpse of one of the favourites – in such renowned venue. The experience and the quality of Huck will offer a top fight of unprecedented quality delivered by the World Boxing Super Series.”
Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland is predicting an exciting bout in Berlin. “I believe that the fans in are in for an electrifying opener to the World Boxing Super Series and 8 consecutive weekends of action. I genuinely felt electricity between the pair, I think Huck really wanted Usyk to pick him and the way they faced off on the stage in Monaco it was a sign of things to come. I’m not sure the judges will be needed in this one.”