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Saturday, February 8, 2014
Marco Huck set for bout in May

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

Marco Huck of Germany will attempt to tie the record for most successful cruiserweight title defenses when he returns to the ring on May 3 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Promoter Sauerland Event announced Friday that Huck would fight in the main event against an opponent to be determined. It will be Huck's 13th defense of his 200-pound world title.

If Huck wins he will match Johnny Nelson of England, who won a cruiserweight title in 1999 by knocking out Carl Thompson in the fifth round and defended the belt 13 times. After retaining the title -- the same one Huck now holds -- by split decision against Vincenzo Cantatore in November 2005, Nelson retired.

"(Going for the record) is giving me a vital kick. I am still dreaming to step up to heavyweight to be honest, but to achieve this milestone would definitely mean something special to me," said Huck, who challenged for a heavyweight belt in 2012 and lost a heavily disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

The 29-year-old Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) won his cruiserweight title in August 2009 by unanimous decision against Victor Emilio Ramirez of Argentina. Since then he has engaged in several action-packed fights, including a trilogy with Ola Afolabi and two fights with former titlist Firat Arslan, to become one of Germany's most popular fighters.

"I am excited to have my next bout in Ludwigsburg," said Huck, who knocked out Arslan in the sixth round on Jan. 25. "The atmosphere at the Arslan fight was of the charts and I expect nothing less come May 3."