Boxing: Huck targets Nelson's record before heavyweight switch

Germany's world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has said he wants to equal ex-British fighter Johnny Nelson's record for the most WBO title defenses before stepping up to heavyweight.

The 29-year-old Huck will defend his cruiserweight title for the 13th time in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, on May 3 and victory would see him match Nelson's record, which the British ring star enjoyed over seven years, before he retired in March 2006.

Huck's May opponent has yet to be announced, but the Serbia-born fighter repeated his desire to step up to become a heavyweight champion, having already lost a world title fight to Russia's Alexander Povetkin in February 2012.

"Sure, I dream of moving up into the heavyweight division, but to achieve this milestone would be very special," said Huck, who has been cruiserweight champion since 2009.

Huck enjoyed a sixth-round technical knock-out over 43-year-old former cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan in Stuttgart last month to give him 26 KOs in 37 wins and two defeats in 40 professional bouts.