Marco Huck defends IBO title against Dmytro Kucher
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 18/10/16 2:29pm
Marco Huck will defend his IBO cruiserweight title against Dmytro Kucher in Hannover on November 19.
Huck, 31, will put his belt on the line for the first time against the reigning European champion after Derby's Ovill McKenzie was forced to pull out of last month's scheduled fight on short notice due to injury.
The German, who previously held the WBO belt, boasts a 39-3-1-KO27 record and stopped London-born Ola Afolabi in February to win the title.
Ukrainian Kucher (24-1-1-KO18) knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli in one round in June to win the EBU title and send the Welshman into retirement.
"To be honest, I believe that Kucher is a much stronger opponent than McKenzie," said Huck on worldboxingnews.net.
"He got past Maccarinelli in style and crowned himself as the European champion. He has a lot of power and can end a fight with one punch.
"But the harder the challenge the more motivated I am. I am very happy that I am able to step into the ring just eight weeks after the previous cancellation. I was in perfect shape and I will take that shape into the fight against Kucher."
Challenger Kucher, 32, said: "I am excited to be fighting Huck in Hannover.
"In order to win the EBU championship, I had to face Maccarinelli in his backyard and in the end I gave him no chance.
"Now I want to make sure that Huck suffers the same fate. I will travel back home as the IBO world champion."