Huck: “I will wear Minto down
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) and American challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) today came face-to-face for the first time ahead of Saturday´s world title clash in Oldenburg, Germany. Just like yesterday at the press training, Minto was again wearing dark sunglasses – but only until Huck took them off him during the stare-down. “I wanted to see his eyes,” the champion said. “And he should get a good look at me so that he has an idea of what will be waiting for him on Saturday. I never underestimate any opponent, but Minto will not be leaving with my title, you can be sure of that.”
Article posted on 28.04.2010
Huck has predicted to personally make Minto pay for retiring German legend Axel Schulz back in 2006. “I cannot understand why he wants to do that,” Minto said. “This is a completely different fight and has nothing to do with Schulz. I am in great shape and I am here to win the title.” Yet Huck feels he owes one to Schulz. “I was a big fan of him and I really wanted to see him fight again, but Minto spoiled his comeback. Now I will make him pay big time..”
Meanwhile, Pat Nelson, Minto´s manager, expects an exciting battle. “Huck and Brian have very similar styles so it will be an action-packed contest. Brian has not come all the way to Germany to lose – he is here to win the title.” Said Ulli Wegner: “Minto is a strong opponent, but Marco has continued his impressive development. He has matured as a fighter, inside and outside the ring. He certainly got what it takes to beat Minto, but he needs to stick to the game plan.”
On the undercard, WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Karo Murat (21-0, 13 KOs) defends his title against Tommy Karpency (19-1, 12 KOs), while up-and-coming middleweight Dominik Britsch (18-0, 7 KOs) takes on Alessio Furlan (24-15, 9 KOs).
Huck eager to make Minto pay for Schulz retirement
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) will have revenge on his mind when he defends his title against Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) in Oldenburg on Saturday night. Back in 2006, Minto spoiled the ring comeback of popular German heavyweight Axel Schulz, stopping the former world title contender in the sixth round. “I will avenge Schulz´ loss and make Minto pay,” Huck said. “He has no idea what it means to be inside the ring with me. He is in for a decent beating.”
The American challenger was expected to arrive in Oldenburg on Monday. However, his flight was cancelled, which postponed his arrival until 10:55 on Tuesday morning. Minto did not show much during today´s public training session. “I am very sorry, but I am very tired,” he said. “It will be different on Saturday. I will be well-rested and in top shape. I have done everything to leave the ring as the winner.” His manager Pat Nelson was equally optimistic. “One should not underestimate Brian,” he said. “He pulled off a major surprise against Schulz and he will pull off another upset on Saturday night.”
Huck was far from impressed. “I am the world champion and Minto is about to find out what that means. He has no chance against me. I will defeat him clearly.” Added coach Ulli Wegner, who turned 68 on Monday: “Marco keeps progressing inside and outside the ring. He has the right mental focus and will be ready for a great fight on Saturday night.”
On the undercard, WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Karo Murat (21-0, 13 KOs) defends his title against Tommy Karpency (19-1, 12 KOs), while middleweight sensation Dominik Britsch (18-0, 7 KOs) takes on Alessio Furlan (24-15, 9 KOs).
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