By Karl Freitag
After narrowly defeating Firat Arslan in their 2012 fight, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) scored an explosive sixth round TKO against Arslan (33-7-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Fighting in front of his hometown fans, the 43-year-old Arslan brought the pressure as he attempted to become the oldest cruiserweight world champion in history. The champion Huck, however, was more than willing to trade and dished out as much punishment as he received. The 29-year-old Huck finally broke it open in round six as he battered a tiring Arslan to the deck. Arslan was quickly back on his feet, but Huck was right on top of him and bludgeoned Arslan to the deck again. A very shaky Arslan managed to continue, but after more brutality from Huck the bout was waved off by referee Mark Nelson. Time was 1:56.
“I would like to thank Firat Arslan for bringing such a great fight to me,” said Huck in the ring after the fight. “I take my hat off to him. He’s a great fighter. I took the first fight lightly, this time I had full concentration. I think I silenced all the critics today. Now I’d like to enjoy my victory. Thank you to the fans, even if at the beginning they all were against me. My trainer says when I’m in top shape no one can beat me, whether it’s at cruiserweight or heavyweight!”
Following consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson, British heavyweight hope David Price (16-2, 14 KOs) scored a quick first round KO over over late sub Istvan Ruszinsky (12-10-1, 8 KOs) in his debut under the Sauerland Event promotional banner. A body punch dropped Ruszinsky and ended the fight at 2:00.
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Tyron Zeuge (12-0, 6 KOs) won a shutout ten round unanimous decision over George Beroshvili (10-1-2, 4 KOs) Zeuge dropped Beroshvili in round two and cruised to a one-sided win by scores of 100-89 on all cards. Zeuge won the vacant WBO Youth belt
In a clash of unbeaten middleweights, Emanuele Blandamura (22-0, 5 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Marcos Nader (18-1-1, 3 KOs) to claim the EBU-EU belt. Blandamura outworked Nader to win by scores of 115-113 and 117-111 on two cards. Nader was up 115-113 on the third card.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (12-0, 4 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of Paata Aduashvili (8-3-2, 5 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Youth belt. Koelling dropped Aduashvili several times with body shots.