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Huck Retains Title After Lively Battle

Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) retained his WBO cruiserweight title in Munich, Germany on Saturday night when he scored a 10th round tko win over Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) in a real barn burner.

The stage was set in midweek when Garay resorted to some very below the belt insults. As a result the boxers went right at each other and Huck sent Garay to the canvas. In round three, Huck was deducted a point for rabbit punching. It was a very lively affair to say the least as both men gave as good as they got until round 10 when Huck floored down Garay with a right hand and referee Luis Pabon stepped in after 1:10 to stop the fight.

Speaking after his latest win a delighted Huck said: “This was a great win for me. It was the first time my future wife and my mother were ringside, so I really wanted to impress them. Garay was extremely tough, he just kept coming at me. But I wanted to please my family and my great fans.

"I was too strong for Garay but I have to give him credit – he was a very, very tough opponent. Now I will get married as world champion. What more can you ask for.”

Garay was disappointed he could not take home the belt after a great fight. “I did not see his last punch coming,” Garay said. “I thought I could beat him but he is a great champion with a lot of power. I will come back from this defeat.”

Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner praised his fighter for a “strong performance.” He stated: “There was so much pressure on Marco this time out and I am proud that he found a way to deal with it. It does not happen too often but I´m quite happy with his performance. Now he can have a great wedding.”

In the co-featured main event, Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) made a first defence of his European Light Heavyweight Title with a clear points victory over Lorenzo di Giacomo (41-5, 18 KOs). Gutknecht was ahead 120-105, 119-107 and 119-107 after 12 rounds.

Up-and-coming middleweight sensation Dominik Britsch (24-0, 9 KOs) also clinched the vacant IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title with a ninth-round TKO victory over Ryan Davis (23-9, 3 KOs). A powerful combination sent the American down for the referee to stop the contest, which had been dominated by Britsch.

Heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev (13-0, 6 KOs) continued his march up the rankings with a clear points victory over Maksym Pediura (13-2, 11 KOs).

(Picture: Photo Wende

July 16, 2011


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