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Huck Survives a Tough Challenge To Decision Arslan

By Alexey Sukachev

Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25KOs) won a very close, and some felt controversial, twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA beltholder Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21KOs). The scores were 115-113, 115-113 and a very unrealistic 117-111. Not everyone was happy with the outcome, with some ringside observers scoring the contest for Arslan. The British broadcasters at BoxNation scored it for Huck by two or three points, but journalist Steve Bunce was in the studio and had it 115-114 for Arslan. BoxingScene had it 116-112 - for Arslan, who fought his heart out.

Arslan, still very dangerous at 42, sparred 160 rounds with ten different boxers to prepare for this fight and the work paid off with his strong performance.

After a slow first, Arslan was unloading with both hands in the second and busted up the face of Huck. Arlsan looked very strong and was pushing Huck back with hard combinations. Huck, in his usual style, was throwing big combination in the final twenty seconds of each round. Arslan was staying on top of Huck, landing big uppercuts and not allowing him to work.

Huck started to rally in the fifth round, with punches to the head and body. It was close in the second half of the contest, with Huck unloading heavy to the body and Arslan pushing forward and trying to land big bombs to the head. Arslan got tired in the later rounds, but Huck seemed to be low on energy himself and didn't take full advantage of the situation.

In the twelfth and final round, both boxers let it all hang out - trading punches with both hands and doing everything to secure that final point. Arslan seemed to get the edge in the final two rounds, but the action was close and both fighters worked very hard. Arslan, who had plenty of Turkish supporters in the audience, won over the crowd with his strong showing and received a lot of cheers at the final bell.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-11-2012

[QUOTE=HooksInYou;12682207]I changed the 10 heavies to the ones I think best. I left the cruiserweights the same because you are batting for the cruisers, so you should select the one you want. I put Vitali in 4th place because he…

Comment by White_Knight on 11-10-2012

[QUOTE=MarcianoFan;12680480]Your case is flawed due to the weakness of 2 of your premises, one in particular. True, Wlad proved himself superior to Haye. No arguing that. But he has also proved himself so superior to the rest of the division…

Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=Halls of Fame;12680567]I disagree. I had Povetkin winning by 1 point. very close fight but I really felt Huck didnt win it.[/QUOTE] Fair enough. I disagree, but not too strongly.

Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;12680510]Lmao proved? How? By beating Valuev and Ruiz?[/QUOTE] I should perhaps have been more clear. I'm saying Wlad has proven his superiority over the best heavyweights, so the fact that he's also superior to a somewhat recent cruiserweight champion doesn't…

Comment by Salardo on 11-09-2012

[QUOTE=MarcianoFan;12680480] And of course the key point: Huck DEFINITELY outfought Povetkin, and most likely deserved the win. You can argue the specific score and I won't necessarily disagree- I would be on board with anything between 116-112 Huck and 115-113…

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