This Saturday night Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (29-1, 22 KO) will attempt to make his fourth successful defense of the WBO Cruiserweight Title when he takes on Providence, Rhode Island’s own Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KO). “My fans love my aggressiveness and explosiveness and I will make sure Matt Godfrey will get a good taste of it,” Huck said. “I am just too explosive for him. The belt stays in Germany. I want to put on another spectacular performance and defeat Godfrey in style.”
For Godfrey, the title fight comes on the heels of a tumultuous period in his professional career. Godfrey was named the #1 Contender to Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham’s IBF Cruiserweight Title. The Godfrey-Cunningham bout was set for March 26th but a series of unfortunate events transpired that left Godfrey stripped of his #1 contendership, and a wealth of he-said, he-said drama surrounding Godfrey and his promoter, Jimmy Burchfield.
Due in large part to the situation with Cunningham, Godfrey has not fought since September of 2009 (11 month lay-offs are rarely good), when he defeated Michael Simms in Sacramento in a less than stellar performance. During that same stretch, Huck has defeated Ola Afolabi, Adam Richards and Brian Minto, all in spectacular and dominating fashion. Godfrey for his part is not worried about the long layoff and believes that he will return to Providence with the WBO Cruiserweight Title; “I might not have the hardest punch, but I am smarter than Huck,” he said during yesterday’s workout session. “He’s a big strong guy and a very good puncher. He’s a little limited in some of the things he can do, but he’s very consistent in a lot of the things he does do. He’s a champion for a reason. He didn’t get 29 wins and 22 knockouts by accident. We have a big task on our hands, but we had a great camp to prepare for it. It will be a great fight. ”
The key to fight for Godfrey will be the type of shape that he shows up in. I haven’t seen much of Godfrey recently but he does have a tendency to relax. I know he has John Scully in his corner, and I know that there are people around Godfrey who have told me in the past that if he would just focus on boxing he’d be a world champion – but those things don’t just show up, you have to want them. Huck is the legitimate #2 cruiserweight in the world (behind Cunningham) so if 100% of Matt Godfrey doesn’t show up on Saturday night, it may be a short evening for the Providence product.
As always, stay tuned to the Providence Fight Sports Examiner for updates and results from Godfrey’s WBO Cruiserweight Title clash on Saturday in Germany.