Marco Huck gets Arslan for defense

Cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck, hoping to get back in the win column after a draw and loss in his past two fights, will make the 10th defense of his title on Nov. 3 when he faces former titleholder Firat Arslan.

The bout will take place at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, promoter Sauerland Event announced Wednesday.

On May 5, Huck fought to a majority draw against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi in a rematch of Huck's 2009 unanimous decision victory in his first title defense.

On Feb. 25, Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) jumped up to the heavyweight division to challenge titlist Alexander Povetkin and appeared to dominate the fight, but he came away with a majority decision loss in a highly controversial outcome.

Huck, 27, who was born in Serbia but lives in Germany, will be returning to the same arena where he outpointed Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009 to win his title. He also defended it there against Ran Nakash in April 2011.

Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs), 41, of Germany, held a version of the 200-pound title from 2007 to 2008, winning it via unanimous decision against Virgil Hill and making one defense, a unanimous decision against Darnell Wilson.

"[Arslan] is a real machine, constantly putting pressure on his opponents," Huck said. "Moreover, he is a southpaw. I will have to be in top condition."

After losing the belt by 10th-round knockout to Guillermo Jones in September 2008, Arslan did not fight for nearly two years. Upon his return in July 2010, he lost an interim title bout to Steve Herelius by 11th-round knockout.

Since that loss, Arslan has gone 3-0-1, although he is coming off a draw against Alexander Alekseev in a fight for the European cruiserweight title in May.

"We are happy to be hosting another all-German affair. These are the kind of fights which polarize the masses," said Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer. "Huck against Arslan is also a fight between a current and a former world champion. That gives it some extra spice."