Huck-Ramirez, Brewster-Oloukun, Murat-Demchenko this Saturday
(Picture: SE) By Erik Schmidt: Number #2 ranked World Boxing Organization cruiserweight contender Marco Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) will be fighting WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday night for the title at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Huck, 24, will be fighting for a world title for the second time in the past two years.
Huck was stopped in the 12th round by Steve Cunningham in December 2007. Huck has improved greatly since then, becoming much more dangerous on offense and sealing up his defense as well. Ramirez, 25, has big power and a kind of relentless high pressure offense that wears down his opponents.
Ramirez defeated Russian Olympian Alexander Alexeev in a 9th round stoppage in January to capture the interim WBO title. Ramirez absorbed punishment in the first half of the fight from Alexeev, but then took over the fight in the 7th round as he landed big clubbing right hands to the head of the Russian, hurting him.
After defeating Alexeev, it was thought that Ramirez would opt to fight Ola Afolabi, also a WBO champion, but Ramirez instead chose to fight Ali Ismailov, who Ramirez defeated by a close 12-round split decision in May. Ramirez looked really bad in that fight and failed to impress the huge Argentinean crowd that showed up to watch Ramirez fight.
Huck has looked much improved in his past two fights, staying off the ropes and showing much better power than in the early part of his career. Since being stopped by Cunningham, Huck has knocked out his last five opponents and has looked much more powerful in his last three early knockout wins over Fabio Tuiach, Geoffrey Battelo and Vitaliy Rusal.
Besides the improved power, Huck’s accuracy has gotten much better than it was in 2007. Likewise, Huck no longer lays against the ropes in his fights. This was a bad habit that Huck had through much of his career and it left him open for a lot of punishment from his opponents. Due to his big power, Huck was able to get away with this bad practice. However, when Huck stepped it up against Cunningham, he made Huck pay for this bad practice by punishing him along the ropes and eventually stopped Huck in the 12th.
Also fighting on the same card, light heavyweight contender Karo Murat (19-0, 12 KOs) will be facing Sergey Demchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the little known WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. Murat, 25, will be moving up in weight for the bout after having fought his entire three year pro career as a super middleweight.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs) will be fighting Gbenga Oloukun (16-1, 10 KOs). Brewster, 36, now fights out of Germany for the promotional company Sauerland.
6’6” Robert Helenius (8-0, 4 KO’s) will be fighting Serdar Uysal (9-7-2, 4 KO’s) in an eight-round bout. Helenius, 25, is a highly skilled fighter with excellent boxing skills and a fighter to keep an eye in the future.
Rounding out the card is undefeated middleweight prospect Dominik Britsch (14-0, 5 KOs) who will be taking on Italian Salvatore Annunziata (11-2-1, 2 KO’s) in an eight round bout.