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There's more on this to come, like a proper preview and everything, but I wanted to talk about the Alexander Povetkin - Marco Huck fight, and specifically a quote Marco Huck offered. He said in their recent press conference that he wants to be the first German Champion since Max Schmeling, who became a world champion in 1930 and had two fights with Joe Lewis which defined boxing at the time.

 I want to know one thing; by taking Povetkin's WBA 'Regular' title off him, does Huck become a champion in the truest sense of the word? It used to be that champion meant being the best of your division, as in you are a fighter who could beat any of your contemporaries. Alexander Povetkin is not a true champion, he is the owner of a belt that became available when the WBA had one of their administrative fits and upgraded Wladimir Klitschko to ‘Super’ champion. He is the owner of a strap of leather, nothing more, and I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how meaningless these belts can be.

That’s not to take anything away from Povetkin’s skills. He is undefeated and he has beaten Eddie Chambers and Ruslan Chagaev, who are good heavyweights. I’d always put him in at 3rd below Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko. But that’s the thing; I’d always put him below them. I don’t think Povetkin or anyone else in the division can beat them, and that’s why they are the true champions. If Marco Huck beats Alexander Povetkin, sure he will technically be the first German heavyweight world champion since Max Schemeling, but it will be a fake status.

I'm also not a big fan of the cruiserweight-turned-heavyweight craze that exists because of a perceived lack of depth in the heavyweight division. I know some cruiserweights make the jump quite well; David Haye moved up and beat natural heavyweights like Nicolai Valuev, who is a heavyweight in every sense of the word. I really like Valuev, it's just that his technique is not the best, so I’m not beating up on him (not that I could).

At least you can say David Haye and Tomasz Adamek earned their stripes in the heavyweight division by actually beating people. Huck is moving up almost on a whim and is getting a title shot straight away. Who has he beaten to deserve a shot? What about the heavyweights ranked on the WBA’s list? Hasim Rahman, David Haye, Robert Helenius, Alexander Ustinov and Denis Boytsov are in the top five of their ratings, should Povetkin not fight one of those guys?

Okay maybe not. I’m no fan of Rahman's, Haye is retired and I don’t know how Ustinov has gotten into the WBA’s good graces, but surely Helenius is a better fit for Povetkin? I’m in the majority camp that Dereck Chisora soundly beat him in their December match, but one bad fight doesn’t scratch the promise he showed. I think the Povetkin – Huck fight is a commercial decision, with Povetkin hoping to hold on to his title as long as possible and squeeze from it every drop he can, a thought that is backed up by the fight taking place in Huck’s homeland of Germany. This fight will sell well in Europe.

I’m not a fan of this fight, but as always I hope the guys in the ring prove me wrong. What do you think? Are you going to watch Povetkin vs Huck?