What the Huck Was That?
Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, February 25 –
Heavyweight debutant Marco Huck gave boxing fans a thrilling night of entertainment on Saturday night when he took on undefeated 32-year-old Alexander Povetkin for the WBA belt. Huck, the reigning WBO cruiserweight world champion weighed-in 20lbs lighter than the Russian champion but nevertheless went very close to knocking him out on several occasions during the bout.
It was a fantastic performance and Huck managed to take the champion the full 12 rounds before losing by majority decision. One judge scored the fight a draw whilst the other two marked their cards clearly in Povetkin’s favour (114-114, 116-112,116-113).
Huck and his trainer Ulli Wegner were critical of the outcome and believed Huck had done enough to win the fight. “He couldn’t stand anymore and he’s been judged the champion,” bemoaned Huck.
Many would agree. He caught Povetkin with some brilliantly timed and accurate left jabs and looked to have him in big trouble a number of times in the later rounds. However when Povetkin’s legs began to buckle, Huck failed to finish him off and that possibly cost him valuable points.
Huck started defensively and took his time warming up before getting himself firing on all cylinders. He held his guard up and allowed the Russian to expend a series of hard body punches, all absorbed without too much fuss in the early stages.
Huck struggled to find the target, Povetkin ducked and weaved to great effect to out-fox his smaller opponent up until the midway point. Some thought Povetkin bought time in the latter stages of the fight by holding Huck and also ducking his head low, forcing the referee to separate the pair and buying him valuable seconds to regain his composure.
At least once Povetkin was saved by the bell and really had to draw upon all his strength just to remain upright. “That was a tough fight,” admitted Povetkin at the post-fight press conference. “I had no idea what happened, maybe I thought it would have been easier but I believe I won this fight. I think I underestimated my opponent.”
Huck and Wegner have called for a rematch but the earliest that will be in autumn. “In my opinion and in all the fans’ opinions I won the match and there should be a rematch,” claimed Huck, to which Povetkin replied “no problem from my side”. However, Hasim Rahman is booked in for the next appointment inside the ring with Povetkin so the earliest time for a rematch would be later this year, according to Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Promotions.
It’s still unclear whether Huck will continue as a heavyweight or drop back down to cruiserweight and attempt to clean up there first. He is only 27 years old so has some time on his side. He’s a tremendous prospect to look forward to watching again.