By Karl Freitag
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) retained his title for the eleventh time with a twelve round majority decision over interim titleholder Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Huck was sharp and aggressive from the start landing clean shots and outworking Afolabi, who never got untracked until late. The challenger came on in the closing rounds, but was rattled by a big Huck right hand in the final round. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111. Huck is now 2-0-1 against Afolabi in their trilogy.
Huck stated after the fight that he has grown up as a fighter and showed that he can box. He stated that his key to success was a good preparation. Afolabi showed class in defeat, praising Huck and saying he executed his plan a little better.
In a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights, Robert Woge (12-0, 10 KOs) won a twelve unanimous decision over Dariusz Sek (19-1-1, 7 KOs). Woge dropped Sek in round one and closed strong to win by scores of 114-113, 118-110, 117-110.
Light heavyweight Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Richard Vidal (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for a WBA regional belt. Gutknecht was on the verge of stopping Vidal when the final bell rang. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 119-109.
Tyron Zeuge W8 David Sarabia (light heavyweight)
Enrico Kölling TKO5 Armin Dollinger (light heavyweight)
Noel Gevor W6 Juan Manuel Garay 198.4 (cruiserweight)
Youri Kayembre Kalenga KO1 Iago Kiladze (cruiserweight)