Ola Afolabi back in the gym: "I will become world champion"

Ola Afolabi back in the gym: "I will become world champion"

18/06/2013 at 09:16Updated 18/06/2013 at 15:41

A highly determined Ola 'Kryptonite' Afolabi is back in the gym and looking for another opportunity to become world champion.

The Streatham-born cruiserweight was unsuccessful in his third attempt to wrest the WBO title from Marco 'Kap'n' Huck ten days ago, losing a majority decision in another bruising 12 round encounter in Germany.

Afolabi took some time out in the UK over the last week, and after a pint or two of Guinness and some TV appearances, is now back home in Southern California preparing to map his way to another world title shot. He tweeted from the Wild Card Gym, Hollywood:

(@olaboxing) Already back in the #gym. Real #fighters don't sleep until they're in the ground. As long as I stay healthy I will become a world champion if its the last thing I do.

Huck has made 11 defences of the title he won from Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009. The Germany-based Croatian put in his best performance in the pair's third meeting, which was acknowledged by Afolabi straight after the fight:

“I congratulate Marco, he fought a very good fight. This is the third time we’ve fought so I’m ready to move on to other challenges,”

Tom Loeffler of K2 promotionse was positive about the future for Afolabi. He said:

"Losing to the best cruiserweight in the world isn't something to be ashamed of. With two or three more great wins I think he could be right back into another title shot."