American boxing fans will have an opportunity to watch one of the hottest fights in recent German history, the rematch between cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck and former titlist Firat Arslan.
The bout will be streamed live from Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday on ESPN3.com, ESPN announced Friday after finalizing the deal with Sauerland Event.
Huck and Arslan put on a classic fight the first time they met, in November 2012. Huck won a highly competitive and disputed unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. Spurred by significant public demand for a rematch from German fans and media, the sequel was signed after both fighters won interim bouts, their only fights of 2013.
The fighters were originally supposed to meet in the rematch on Sept. 14, but Huck suffered a hairline fracture of his left elbow in his final sparring session the week before the fight, which was then postponed.
Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs), 29, a native of Serbia living in Germany, will be making his 12th title defense in the rematch with Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs), a 43-year-old German southpaw who held a version of the cruiserweight title from 2007 to 2008.
The fight caught the fancy of the German public, making Saturday's rematch one of the most anticipated in recent years in the country.
Promoter Kalle Sauerland said he hasn't seen such interest in an all-German fight since the two light heavyweight title fights between Henry Maske and Graciano Rocchigiani in 1995.
"Without doubt the closeness and split opinions of the public after the first fight provide a great build-up here," Sauerland said. "However, there is more: The two used to be friends, and they clearly are 'best of enemies.' The two styles mixed perfectly in the first fight and this one has a real sense of anticipation."
Both fighters believe they will leave no doubt about Saturday's winner.
"I am the champion and I will still be champion after Saturday night," Huck said through a translator. "Although Firat has unmatched stamina, he cannot box, and I will prove that on Saturday. My preparations have been excellent. From the start of my training I have had to miss a lot of parties, and for that Firat must pay."
Said Arslan, also speaking through a translator: "I believe in justice. As fate would have it, justice was not given to me in the first fight. On Saturday, I will finally get some justice. Marco can talk all he wants, but at the end of the day this won't help him.
"I am feeling like the world champion since my first fight against Marco, which I actually won. Now it is time to collect my belt from him."