By Jake Donovan
In its continued efforts to showcase boxing talent from around the globe, HBO is currently in talks to begin showcasing cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck, according to several sources.
Sauerland Event, the company whom promotes Huck confirmed through its verified Twitter account that discussions have already taken place for the longtime cruiserweight titlist to appear on the network in the near future. An accompanying photo showed HBO Sports President Ken Hershman, Huck and Kalle Sauerland posing in a restaurant in Hamburg, Germany last Friday.
“I'm a big fan of Marco Huck,” Hershman told German tabloid BILD . “We are in talks with Kalle Sauerland to show Marco Huck on our network as soon as possible. ‘Cap’n Huck’ can become a star in the United States with his exciting boxing style.”
Huck (37-2-1, 26KO) last fought this past January, scoring a 6 th round knockout of Firat Arslan. The bout was a rematch to their Nov. ’12 clash, in which Huck scored a disputed decision. Overall, the 29-year old – born in Serbia but who lives in and predominantly fights out of Germany – has made 12 successful defenses of the cruiserweight belt he acquired with a 12-round win over Argentina’s Victor Ramirez in Aug. ’09.
The attempt to have Huck on HBO is significant for a number of reasons. The network has rarely showcased in the cruiserweight division in more than 40 years of boxing coverage. There are also few appealing challenges awaiting Huck on this side of the world, or whom are immediately identifiable to viewers.
Naturally, the plan for Huck would be to eventually gravitate towards the heavyweight division. His lone foray north of cruiserweight resulted in a narrow and disputed points loss to Alexander Povetkin in their Feb. ’12 heavyweight title fight.
A move back to heavyweight would come at a time when the division is once again beginning to resonate with American audiences.
Bermane Stiverne - a Haiti-born heavyweight now based in Miami and who trains out of Las Vegas – picked up a belt with a 6 th round knockout of Chris Arreola in their title fight rematch last weekend in Los Angeles. The bout aired live on ESPN, just two weeks after the network covered lineal heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko knocked out Alex Leapai for the 16 th consecutive alphabet title defense, and 9 th lineal championship title defense.
However, before packing on pounds Huck and his team hope to further extend his already lengthy cruiserweight title reign, and possibly in new surroundings.
“It is no secret that we want to start plans for Marco to fight in the heavyweight division in the near future,” Kalle Sauerland said. “However, we want to continue (to make) big fights in the cruiserweight division. These plans also including fighting in the United States – and every fighter’s dream, to be shown on HBO.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox