05.01.07 - Marco "Captain" Huck will make a first defense of his EU cruiserweight belt on the Valuev undercard on January 20 when he faces Ismail Abdoul (Belgium). The 22-year-old champion (17-0, 14 KOs) notched the first title of his career on December 16 after Pietro Aurino left the ring in the second round. Five weeks later, Huck will be seeking another early victory. This time, however, it should come by KO..
"Abdoul has only lost when he was in the ring with strong opponents," said Huck. "That is exactly what will happen again in Basle on January 20."
Abdoul (28-10, 10 KOs) has only been stopped once in his career. "He has just one TKO loss to his name even though he took many fights on short notice," said Huck. "That proves his fighting spirit. I will not underestimate him. My goal is to be world champion one day."