WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO TURNS DOWN $6.5 MILLION OFFER TO FACE MARCO HUCK
Huck hopes for counter offer
Press Release: Even though the WBO cruiserweight championship bout between Marco Huck (pictured) and challenger Firat Arslan in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, is just days away, promoter Kalle Sauerland and event organizer Ralf Weber are already working on Huck's next big fight. Weber hope that, following in the tradition of Henry Maske, Axel Schulz and Huck, 36-year-old Wladimir Klitschko will be the next big name to appear at the Gerry Weber Stadion. Weber and Sauerland offered to the multi-orgainzation heavyweight champion 5 million Euros ($6,648,000) to face Huck. (Of course, Klitschko must get by Mariusz Wach next week as well).
But why? Kalle Sauerland: "Bernd Boente, Klitschko's manager, has been talking to Marco directly about the possibility of fighting Klitschko. Now we have used the official channels to approach them with an offer." And the Klitschko camp did not take long to respond. After just 20 minutes they declined the offer. "Of course, we are now excepting them to come up with a counter offer. We are always willing to hold personal talks to discuss the terms for such a fight. Then we will see if they will actually put their money where their mouth is. We definitely want to make this fight happen."
"We have been working with the Sauerlands for 18 years now and been hosting great fight nights at the Gerry Weber Stadion. A fight between Huck and Klitscko would be the absolute highlight. We will do everything possible to make this fight happen," said Ralf Weber, General Manager of the Gerry Weber Stadion.
Weber and Sauerland have come up with a financial plan to support the Mega-Fight. Weber: "We have made a serious offer to the Klitschko-Management, which we believe should make everyone involved happy."
Huck said, "I am very grateful to the Weber's and Sauerland's for trying to give me this opportunity. I will prove to everybody that I am ready for the Klitschkos."
But before that, Huck needs to win against Firat Arslan. When a possible match-up with Wladimir Klitschko could be possible has not been disclosed at this point. Before such fight, Klitschko who holds the WBA super championship among his titles, has to, under WBA rules, take on WBA regular champion Alexander Povetkin before the end of February 2012.Weber: "We would also be interested to stage that fight in Halle/Westphalia. The winner could face Marco Huck."
Tickets for the fight on November 3 can be purchased at www.eventim.de and www.gerryweber-world.de.