Huck land the knockout punch on Rossi
Marco Huck successfully retained his WBO cruiserweight title by stopping Rogelio Rossi in the sixth round in Ludwigsburg, Germany on Saturday night.
The Argentine challenger was so badly knocked out by a Huck right hand that he needed medical attention and lay on the canvas for what seemed an eternity.
The 26-year-old southpaw champion also knocked Rossi down in the third round, but was deducted two points at the end of the fourth round for punching Rossi to the canvas after the bell had sounded to end the round.
Speaking after the fight Huck readily admitted: “I think I hit him after the bell”
Huck went for the knockout in the fifth round, when he twice decked Rossi, before knocking him out in the sixth.
Huck improved his record to 34-1 (25 KOs), while Rossi, who was deducted a point for low punches in the third round , now has a record of 17-3-1 (11 KOs).
Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes Huck has great things coming up. “The fans love Marco´s style,” he stated. “He is exciting to watch. And he is so young. We will now look at the options for his next fight. Whoever enters the ring against Marco will have big problems to deal with his impressive power.”
In the co-featured main event, IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Dominik Britsch (26-0, 9 KOs) defended his belt with a points victory over former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-10, 5 KOs). The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-113 and 114-114. Backed by his home sell-out crowd of 4,200 fans, Britsch kept his aggressive opponent at bay and did well to get off his fast combinations. “Dominik is the biggest talent we have in Germany,” coach Ulli Wegner lauded afterwards. “His opponent kept coming at him but he listened to my advice and did exactly what I asked of him. I am very pleased with his performance.”
On the undercard, heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev (14-0, 6 KOs) clinched the IBF International Title with a clear points victory over Travis Walker (38-7, 30 KOs).
(Pictures: Winfried Mausolf)