By Luke Furman
Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs), and his trainer Fritz Sdunek, are promising that "everyone will see a brand new, better version of Afolabi" on Saturday night in Erfurt, when the Briton challenges Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) in a rematch for the WBO championship.
They fought back in 2009, and Huck won a close twelve round decision with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 15-113. Afolabi believes he did enough to get a decision.
"This is boxing, so everyone can be knocked out, but I do not think that I lost that fight. I'll show you how to box Huck. I had to learn a lot along the way. I was a professional boxer, having no amateur career behind myself. Many of my battles were on the street and in the home ... . I am the ninth child in the family, and I've always had to fight for everything in life," Afolabi said.
His coach Sdunek praised his current training efforts.
"Ola is becoming a better fighter. He moves much better in the ring, he varies his boxing techniques, and most importantly he is able to provoke the enemy, and he's very clever with the way he hits the opponent from different angles," Sdunek said.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.