Huck defeats Briton Afolabi
Britain's Ola Afolabi failed in his attempt to take the WBO cruiserweight title away from German Marco Huck as he lost out in a majority points decision.
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Although judge Lahcen Oumghar of Holland had the fight as an even 114-114 draw, the home fighter got the decision with South African Deon Dwarte scoring it 115-113 in his favour and American John Madfis handing it to him overwhelmingly with a 117-111 score.
It was the third meeting between the two men with Huck now backing up his unanimous decision back in 2009, while their contest last year ended in a draw.
Huck made an 11th successful title defence, who moves on to 36-2-1 in his career to retain his title after what he felts was a well-deserved victory.
"I think I surpassed myself today," said Huck. "Today I showed that I can box. Key to the success was my good preparation.
"I leave the ring today without a bad conscience."
Huck looked rarely troubled by Afolabi, who did hit the canvas in the ninth round but the referee ruled it as a push and not a knockdown.
The bizarre spread in scores on the judges' cards did not sit well with Afolabi, who labelled the six-round decision as ridiculous.
"We tried but we came up short again," he said. "Thanks for all the support. I'll be back, that you can count on. I may have lost this fight but I'm winning in life."