The last time this pair rematched almost a year ago, it turned into a full-on tear up. Afolabi (19-2-4) managed to improve on their first meeting (a close and controversial points loss in December 2009) by recording a majority draw in a thrilling, see-saw encounter which became a firm fight of the year candidate.
Afolabi's Kryptonite was working a treat on Huck (35-2-1) for the first five rounds before brutal, bludgeoning end of round attacks started to turn it round for the Germany based Kosovan.
A breathtaking last round saw both fighters leave it in the ring, trading full on blows with little regard for defence. Afolabi's chin proved every bit as durable as Huck's, and despite looking severely wobbled several times in the round, kept answering back and remained upright.
As was the case in their first meeting, plenty thought Afolabi deserved the nod.
The Streatham-born fighter remained as Huck's mandatory, and the WBO ordered purse bids after Sauerland (for Huck) and K2 (for Afolabi) couldn't reach an agreement. These were won by veteran promoter Don King, who, despite no promotional interests in either fighter, bid $1.5 million. Unable to secure a TV deal, King defaulted, leaving second-placed bidder Sauerland Event (which offered $914,444) with the rights. Afolabi's promoter K2 bid $375,000.
Reportedly, the deal sees Huck earn 80 percent of the money ($731,555) with Afolabi getting the remaining $182,889.
Huck says: “Ola Afolabi is a tough nut to crack. However, he won’t be causing me that much trouble again. I will prove who is the best in Berlin.”
Don't miss this fight. Afolabi is right up there with the best of the Brits, and is sure to give the Käpt'n another stormy ride as he attempts to take his WBO title in Germany for the third time.
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