Huck-Afolabi III Judges Selected

By Robert Ecksel on June 4, 2013
Huck-Afolabi III Judges Selected
“He is technically very gifted and has a powerful punch,” said Huck, “which I felt firsthand."

Saturday night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany, Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) defends his WBO cruiserweight champion against Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time.

Käpt’n Huck won their first fight by unanimous decision in Dec. 2009. Their second fight in May of last year was ruled a majority draw. And if those two bouts are any indication, fight number three ought to be a barnburner.

Many people, including Ola Afolabi, question the result of their last meeting.

“This was my belt,” he said. “This is my belt and I am coming to finally take it from him. I honestly do not see how I could lose this fight. I have been working too hard on myself and on the tactics. I should already have won the title last year. Now the time has finally come.”

No one doubts Afolabi’s confidence, and for good reason.

“He is technically very gifted and has a powerful punch,” said Huck, “which I felt firsthand. Afolabi is a world-class operator at cruiserweight who fought hard for his position in the rankings. Our first two encounters were very tough and close battles. That is exactly what the fans want to see when they watch a fight. And I want to give them another exciting bout.”

“Huck always comes to fight,” Afolabi said. “When he turns up, he is going for it. He is a bit like a robot and just keeps coming. He is actually too tough to know when he has been hurt. I do not want to talk about his weaknesses. You can ask me again after I beat him.”

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel recently announced the officials for Saturday’s championship fight. The referee will be Eddie Cotton. The judges are John Madfis (US), Deon Dwarte (South Africa), and Lahcen Oumghar (Netherlands).

Below are the Pod Index consistency statistics on the three assigned judges. Click on the chart below to see stats on all professional boxing judges.

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