The reigning champion and his British challenger met for the first time during Wednesdays press conference and started to exchange verbal blows.
Marco Huck on...
... his upcoming fight: „Obviously I was really excited after I got back to the top of the division, which is where I belong. My fans kept asking me when the next fight was. So I actually feel like it's a great honor that they want to see me back in the ring. I will thank them by putting on a great performance. It gives me an extra rush of adrenaline when I hear the crowd shouting "Huck, Huck, Huck!". You cannot put a price tag on that feeling. I am 31-years-old now, the prime age for a boxer and I will leave the ring just the way I entered it, as the champion."
… his opponent Ovill McKenzie: "He did really well during his last fights, and should have won the IBF-Title against Ramirez. I have to be careful and wont underestimate him. But I just pay attention on whether he is a orthodox or southpaw. The rest will present itself."
Ovill McKenzie on...
... his role as the underdog: „I am travelling to Frankfurt to give a great performance. I don't want the people to look at my record and write me off immediately or that it will be a walk in the park for Huck. I am in great shape. I will take Marcos belt of him and bring it back to England."
... his fitness: „I will give the performance of my life. I am a real fighter, a warrior. I am 36 now but I honestly feel like im 20. I am in amazing shape."
Varol Vekiloglu (Trainer Marco Huck) on...
... Marco Huck: „He is an incredibly strong and powerful boxer. We are taking what he has already got in his fight game and trying to build on that even more. I am definitely not going to change anything about him. I will never have the ambition to change anything about him."
... Ovill McKenzie: „Taking his record out of the equation he is a very dangerous and uncomfortable opponent. Although he isn't the tallest, his reach is very good. That make it hard to figure him out and difficult to fight. Marco will need to stay focused throughout the fight. We know about McKenzies strengths and weaknesses. We will neutralize his strengths and Marco will use his own strong points to take advantage of Ovills weaknesses."