By Ruslan Chikov
Saturday's controversial cruiserweight fight between WBO champion Marco Huck and challenger Firat Arslan generated a huge television rating for ARD. The network reports that 3.36 million TV viewers were watching Huck and Arslan trade punches for twelve rounds. Huck won a unanimous decision over twelve, with scores of 115-111-, 115-113 and 117-111 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Arslan was furious with the outcome. The ringside punch stats reveal a very close contest. The two boxers were blocking many of the incoming punches. Huck landed 241 out of 857 blows (a 28% connect rate). Arslan was more accurate and landed at a higher percentage. He landed nearly the same amount of punches but threw less. Arslan had 235 connects out of 684 punches thrown (34% connect rate). Huck boosted his punch ratio in the second half of the fight, when Arslan seemed to slow down for a few rounds.