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Arslan on Huck Loss: I Was Robbed, This Ruins Boxing

On Saturday night, Marco Huck retained the WBO cruiserweight title when he beat Firat Arslan in Halle, Germany. Making his tenth defence, the champion won on points – 115-113 on two cards and 117-111. The decision was greeted by a chorus of boos, as many spectators felt the 42-year-old Arslan had done more than enough to beat his German compatriot, who is younger by 15 years.

"This fight was the biggest scam I have ever seen. It's a disgrace," Arslan's coach, Dieter Wittmann, said.

Arslan, a southpaw, forced the initiative throughout, after rocking Huck with a left uppercut to leave him with a bloody nose in the second round.

Huck finished the third with a flurry of punches to rouse the crowd, and he responded again in rounds seven and eighth, but the elusive Arslan appeared unbothered, even raising his arms in triumph after the ninth.

Arslan's intensity then dropped slightly and Huck finished strongly. Former WBA cruiserweight title holder Arslan, who dropped to 32-6-2, 21KOs, was furious.

"I've never experienced anything like this decision. I've seldom landed so many clean punches and he only scuffed me," Arslan said. "How can such a thing happen? This kind of thing is ruining boxing. I think the whole crowd believes I'm the winner. I've been robbed of my win. I would have been the new world champion today. I would have written history."

Huck, who may face mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi for the third time in early 2013, brushed off any discussion of a robbery.

"It was hard work. He fought like a lion; worked very hard," said Huck, who improved his record to 35-2-1, with 25 knockouts. "I'm not a judge. I think I landed more punches."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoZz on 11-04-2012

Even the German commentators were saying that arslan had it over him and that huck needed to do something to win the fight,that was till the 6th round or so..then suddenly for some reason the commentators started to give huck…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 11-04-2012

Another Sauerland decision. I've seen this guy lose to Lebedev and now to Arslan, both times he somehow got awarded the win.

Comment by johnnycontrolet on 11-04-2012

The typical cheating at Sauerland Fights in Germany. Huck had lost to Lebedev, to Afolabi....but we always hear the same nonsense explanations from Sauerland........

Comment by sweet-s on 11-04-2012

If one considers the criteria of professional boxing, it becomes obvious, why Huck has lost the fight. Scoring all indiviadual rounds, the outcome must be in Arslan's favour. 1. effective aggression: For about 90% of the fight Arslan scores body…

Comment by paulf on 11-04-2012

Huck doesn't want to fight Afolabi again. Let him move up and make Afolabi-Arslan for the vacant title. Another war. :boxing:

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