Huck defeats Briton Afolabi

  • Last Updated: June 9 2013, 9:35 BST

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.

Marco Huck fights it out with Ola Afolabi
Marco Huck fights it out with Ola Afolabi

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."


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