Marco Huck retained his WBO Cruiserweight Title last night when he fought for the third time the British fighter Ola Afolabi, which was shown on Boxnation TV from the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Germany. The pair had fought previously on 2 occasions with Huck winning one and retaining his title in a draw in a spectacular fight in 2012.
The fight started with both fighters already being very familiar with each other with Huck coming straight at Afolabi to win the first 2 rounds with flourishing combinations to the head and body, but Afolabi’s chin was standing up to the punches very well and almost with some ease. Then in round 3 Afolabi settled into the fight and began to chase down the Champion against the ropes to unleash some ferocious hooks to the body of Huck then Ola was clinching then throwing some good uppercuts to win his first round of the fight. In round 5 Huck received a near warning from the referee following a punch to the back of Afolabi’s head, which could of swung the scorecards if he was deducted a point at this crucial stage of the fight. In the presiding few rounds Afolabi’s tactics was to get Huck against the ropes and throw more shots to the ribs, but Huck just kept coming back with counter punches, which isn’t usually his style of fighting, but made for an interesting boxing match. In the middle rounds the fight progressed with Afolabi holding his own in the ring and clinching a row of good round wins as the scorecards were beginning to tighten up considerably, so it appeared both fighters were tiring from the past 8 rounds. In round 9 Afolabi fell to the floor, but no count was made as the matting of the ring was causing problems for both fighters as it went on. From round 10, both fighters physical abilities were keeping the fight going with back and forth punches, but Afolabi was beginning to push Huck back in the 10th as being the best round of the fight by far with some very nice exchanges, which could of decided the fight by one clean punch landing on either chin.
The fight ended with what could of been a very tight scorecard, but being in Huck’s backyard it was obvious who the winner probably was.
Scorecards read- 114-114. 115-113, 117-111 Majority decision to Huck, but yet again for the 3rd consecutive fight, one of the judges scoring a draw. My scorecard was 115-113 Huck. Would anyone like to see a fourth fight? I probably wouldn’t say no.