Today at 4:15 pm EDT on the German channel ARD, Marco Huck is back in action against short-notice opponent Ran Nakash, and there's also an interesting heavyweight crossroads fight between Robert Helenius and Samuel Peter. We'll be here with live coverage and commentary, plus scoring of both fights.
Huck (31-1, 23 KO) is universally regarded as the No. 2 cruiserweight in the sport, behind only Steve Cunningham, the only man to ever beat him. Huck went on quite a run in 2010, blasting out American foes Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards (KO-3), Brian Minto (RTD-9) and Matt Godfrey (TKO-5) before meeting real resistance in December against Denis Lebedev, in a fight many thought Lebedev deserved to win. He was supposed to face Italian veteran Giacobbe Fragomeni today, but when Fragomeni had to withdraw, he was replaced by Nakash (25-0, 18 KO), a 32-year-old Israeli fighter who was in camp training to fight Bobby Gunn. To say this is a big step up for Nakash is a huge understatement. Nobody on his record is near Huck's level; even Gunn would have been a real step up for Nakash. But you never know with a guy like this. Sure, he's untested, but so was Timothy Bradley when he went over and beat Junior Witter in the UK a couple of years ago.
The main co-feature of the card pits Helenius (14-0, 9 KO) against Peter (34-4, 27 KO) in a fight that I think depends entirely on what shape Peter shows up in, and how focused he is for the fight. Helenius is 6'6" and nicknamed "The Nordic Nightmare," but like Nakash is taking a big step forward. Helenius does have a win over the shot Lamon Brewster, but Peter isn't shot yet, he's just limited. While the Nigerian has had trouble with tall fighters in the past, I don't think it's a stretch to say that Helenius is not exactly the Klitschko brothers, and isn't as slick as Eddie Chambers, who is the only man besides Wladimir and Vitali to beat Peter. This one could be really interesting, because I can see Peter dogging it and losing a fight that I really think, talent-wise, he should win, or I could see him flattening Helenius without much trouble.
It looks like the third fight on the broadcast will be Artur Hein (14-1, 8 KO) against Tony Averlant (15-5-1, 3 KO) in 12-round light heavyweight action, but I can't guarantee that. Light heavyweight prospect Dustin Dirks (18-0, 12 KO) is also in action.
Those watching John Murray on Sky Sports, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on Polsat, or the Hassan N'dam N'Jikam-Giovanni Lorenzo fight on Eurosport France (it appears?) are also welcome to join this thread for discussion, and I'm also about 90% sure we'll be covering Segura-Calderon II tonight, and either way there will be a thread up later for that one.