Ola Afolabi tells Ringside why he lost to Marco Huck

Last Updated: 14/06/13 11:44am

Ola Afolabi told Ringside his third defeat to WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck was down to an error in tactics.

The London-born 33-year-old secured a draw in the second bout of their trilogy last year and was looking to finally dethrone the German, only to find himself on the wrong end of a majority decision.

Huck remains the only person to have beaten the Briton, and Afolabi was rueful of the mistakes he made in formulating a plan to snatch the belt.

He told Ringside: "I gave it my best but I went in there and fought the wrong fight. I abandoned my style and it showed.

"Once in a while, you get two fighters whose styles match perfectly. I'm the counter-puncher and he's the brawler who just keeps on coming without thinking.

"It puts on good shows. This time, I went in there not as a counter-fighter - I wanted to play his game and it proved to be the wrong decision.

"I got to this point in my career by being the awkward counter-puncher throwing punches from off balance and from different angles and I went into this fight with the European style of keeping your guard up and countering from there.

"It's hard to counter when your guard is so high. I like having my left hand low and confusing the guy but all credit to Marco Huck. He did a great job, stuck to his gameplan and his gameplan was better than mine."

Work rate

Afolabi admitted Huck showed the higher work rate throughout the fight in Berlin but insisted this was again down to pre-meditated tactics stifling his natural attacking instincts.

He said: "If I'd fought him the way I fought him the second time, I'd have won this fight for sure because the second time I ran out of gas. This time I was in excellent shape. The problem about being in great shape in sparring is that you do really well with big gloves and head gear and guys are slower - but with 10oz gloves you're more exposed with someone so strong.

"He definitely outworked me but part of the reason for that was my use of the high guard. I didn't use what I usually use which is countering. If I'd have countered his punches, he wouldn't have been so aggressive because he'd have been scared of something coming back.

"I've watched the fight six times on mute and I gave him the fight by one round. 117-111 was ridiculous but I was like a punching bag in front of him with a high guard."


Former world cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory was on-hand in the studio to offer some words of advice to Afolabi, who has fought just once in his homeland since turning professional back in 2002.

McCrory said: "My advice would be more fights here. You want a crowd behind you. You're British and you want the British crowd behind you and those sort of fights.

"I think there's a point in your career when you're learning and need to travel the world but when you're coming into the big fights and boxing at world level, you need every advantage you can. Getting promotion and a home crowd behind you is part of that."

Afolabi responded: "I feel like I should be paid for the work I've done. I understand not having fans in London because I don't fight in England but at the end of the day I have bills to pay and I have to go where the money is. I'm not shy to fight in anybody's backyard. I'm not that guy.

"If the cruiserweight situation pops up in England then I'll fight in England. I'd love to."