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Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi IV scheduled for February 27th, 2016 in Halle, Germany

Huck has won two of their three engagements, the other going to a majority draw.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

I believe the term is "crossroads fight."

Two cruiserweight veterans on opposite ends of recent knockouts will look to finally put an end to their six-year rivalry when recently-deposed WBO champion Marco Huck faces newly-minted IBO titleholder Ola Afolabi on February 27th in Halle, Germany.

The two have met thrice before, with Huck currently up 2-0-1 after a series of very close decisions in 20092012, and 2013.

Heading into his August fight with Krzysztof Glowacki, Huck (38-3-1, 26 KO)  had not lost at cruiserweight since 2007, and even his heavyweight loss to Alexander Povetkin could have easily gone his way. In a terrific scrap, Huck managed to drop the Polish challenger hard in the sixth round and seemed en route to finally breaking Johnny Nelson's record for consecutive cruiserweight title defenses. Instead, Glowacki smashed him with a  massive left hand to hand Huck his first career knockdown and, after some follow-up shots, his first career knockout loss.

Afolabi (22-4-4, 11 KO), meanwhile, seemed on the downswing after losing an IBF title bid to Victor Ramirez in April and entered his recent fight with Rakhim Chakhkiev a considerable underdog. "Veteran savvy" isn't just a thing commentators say when they're trying to justify pitting a washed-up old man against the newest Neo-Tyson, though, and Afolabi survived an early swarm to score one of the year's best knockouts and earn the IBO belt in the process.

Huck's 31 and Afolabi's 35, but they look like they've still got a lot left in the tank. Think Afolabi manages to finally get a win here?

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