Marco Huck retained his W.B.O. cruiserweight title at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle / Westfalen, Germany on Saturday night but challenger Firat Arslan forced him to dig deep and fight every inch of the way.
Huck, 35-2-1-(25), was a clear favourite going into his latest title defence but Firat, 21-6-2-(21), pressed forward all night, forcing Huck to fight his way out of every corner, which made for a fierce and entertaining fight at times.
Arslan kept up the pressure for as long as his 42 year-old legs would allow him but they gave out on him in the last quarter giving Huck the edge and the opportunity to take over and nick a 117-111, 115-113 (twice), unanimous points verdict on all three judges cards. The decision was met with boos from sections of the crowd, SecondsOut had Huck a close 115-113 winner but the two 117-111 scores seemed way out.
In a light heavyweight clash WBO No.4 Dustin Dirks, 26-0-(19), scored a forgettable 12 round unanimous decision over Cleiton Conceicao, 18-5-2-(14). Dirks floored Conceicao in round two, but he survived to back peddle and hang on for the rest of the bout as the scorline of 117-107, 117-108, 120-104 indicated.
Heavyweight Edmund Gerber remained unbeaten at 22-0-(14), winning an eight round unanimous decision against American Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson. Wilson rocked Gerber badly at the end of the opening round but the bell rang before he could finish the job. Gerber survived, regrouped and won by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 79-74.
Light heavyweight Robert Woge w tko 5 Serhiy
Cruiserweight Enrico Koelling w pts 6 Ivan Maslov
Cruiserweight David Graf w pts 8 Blanchard Kalambay
Super middleweight Tyron Zeuge w pts 6 Matingu Kindele