Steward: Huck could beat Povetkin
By Eric Thomas: Trainer/HBO analyst Emanuel Steward feels that WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KO’s) has a very good chance of beating undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO’s) this month on February 25th at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Steward likes Hucks’ power and mental strength.
Speaking with Eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio Program, Steward said “This is going to be a tough fight for Povetkin. I think it’s going to be the toughest fight he’s had in his entire career and he could easily lose this fight, too.”
While a lot of boxing fans aren’t giving Huck much of a chance because he’s moving up from the cruiserweight division to take this fight, Huck is roughly the same size as Povetkin but he’s a much bigger puncher. Povetkin generally comes into his fights at around 225lbs, while Huck rehydrates as high as 210-215 for his cruiserweight fights.
Huck doesn’t really need to put very much weight on for this fight to be as heavy as Povtkin and probably doesn’t even need to, Povetkin had problems against a small heavyweight Eddie Chambers in the past and Huck is capable of doing the same things that Chambers did to Povetkin by setting out a fast pace to wear him down.
Huck may not only win this fight but do it in a convincing fashion by dominating Povetkin with power shots. Povetkin won the WBA title with a win over Ruslan Chagaev last August. In Povekin’s first defense he beat 42-year-old fringe contender Cedric Boswell by an 8th round TKO last December.
Huck wants Povtkins WBA belt so that he can get a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers. A Huck-Klitschko fight would be huge in Germany where Huck has a huge following. It wouldn’t be a big deal as far as with U.S and Canadian boxing fans, though, because Huck isn’t well known in this part of the world except with the hardcore boxing fans.