By Karl Freitag
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) scored a ninth roynd TKO over former heavyweight contender Brian Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Weser-Ems-Halle in Oldenburg, Germany. The slimmed down Minto pressed the action as usual, but Huck landed most of the clean shots. A good exchange between the fighters to end round two. Huck dropped Minto with a big right hand in round three. Minto was down another time in the round, but that was ruled a slip by referee Robert Byrd. Huck dropped Minto again in round five after a furious exchange, but there was no quit in Minto, although he went to the wrong corner at the end of the round. The pace slowed as the bout progressed, although the pattern of Minto pressuring and Huck landing the better shots continued. Minto was decked again in the ninth and the bout was stopped by Minto’s corner at the beginning of round ten.
The win gets further revenge against Minto for Minto’s 2006 career-ending win over German icon Axel Schulz, who was in attendance. Schulz and Huck had been in contact by webcam leading up to the fight. Also on hand was German heavyweight Luan Krasniqi, who beat Minto to avenge Schulz’s loss in 2007.
Unbeaten WBO #2 rated light heavyweight Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Pennsylvania’s Tommy Karpency (19-2-1, 12 KOs). Murat scored a second round knockdown and went on to win by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 116-111 to retain his WBO Intercontinental belt.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (8-0, 5 KOs) won by seventh round disqualification against Evgeny Orlov (11-7-1, 8 KOs). Orlov was DQ’d for repeated fouls.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (19-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Alessio Furlan (24-16-5, 9 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 80-72.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (15-0, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over game Florida journeyman Theo Kruger (9-10-2, 3 KOs). Time was 1:44.
Middleweight Juergen Doberstein (9-1-1, 2 KOs) outpointed Michael Sarnelli (9-5, 0 KOs) over six.
Middleweight Marcos Nader (7-0, 1 KO) decisioned Abdelouahed Ben Lelly (6-12) over six.
In his pro debut, cruiserweight Erik Skoglund scored a third round KO over Istvan Laboda (2-1, 2 KOs).