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Huck vs Arslan

Tony Conquest Previews Huck vs Arslan II

LONDON (Jan. 24) – Arguably the two most rugged operators in the cruiserweight division renew acquaintance this Saturday when WBO king Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck and veteran nemesis Firat Arslan collide at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart.

Their initial ‘bang up’ in November 2012 was a truly brutal affair and, though Huck retained by unanimous decision, several felt the 43 year old Turkish descendant was hard done by. Continue reading

Marco Huck: “Firat Arslan deserves a rematch! I’m a true fighter, not a show-man like the Klitschkos”

Looking back at his most recent title defense against Firat Arslan November 3rd in Halle (Germany), WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck feels that he owes his challenger another shot at the title.

“It was one of the toughest fights in my life”, Huck admits. “I respected Firat before the fight and I respect him even more now. He really fought his heart out. I am not happy and not satisfied with my own performance. I know I could and should have done better. I was a little distracted and thought about fighting the Klitschkos. So I lost my focus. Firat was at his best that night. He made me work hard for my money. It was a very close fight and I think he deserves a rematch. But I can promise him that I won’t make the same mistakes again. If we fight again I will leave no doubt that I am the better man. I promise that I will stop him.” Continue reading

Kalle Sauerland: “Most boxing experts from around the world had Huck as the winner of the fight.”

The Fans at the Gerry Weber Stdion in Halle/Westphalia, Germany, witnessed a great show. WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck defended his title for the tenth time in front of 7.000 spectators. After twelve thrilling rounds, the judges saw the 27-year-old with 115:113, 115:113, and 117:111 ahead of his opponent Firat Arslan. After his 35th victory out of 38 fights as a professional, Huck is expected to receive the status as WBO´s Super-Champion.

But the bout against Arslan was anything but plain sailing. “I fought like a lion against Firat – all the other world champions of this division would probably have lost tonight,” said Huck. “Now I have even more respect for him. This was one of the toughest fights in my career.”

Huck started the fight well, but the 42-year-old challenger did not wait long in his attempt to force his tactics on to his opponent, which mainly consisted of attacking. Huck was seemingly surprised by the aggressive style and found himself in the ropes time and time again. In round two blood started to drip out of the champion´s nose. But that did not hinder Huck in the slightest. From that moment on the man from Berlin started to turn up the heat and both men traded hard shots. Continue reading

Huck vs. Klitschko will be a tough sale now in Germany

By Dwight Chittenden: If IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko does turn and decide on fighting WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck, he may not get the kind of attention that previously may have been available before last night. In yet another fight involving Huck, he defeated 42-year-old contender Firat Arslan by a hugely controversial decision in Germany and the fight result of the fight wasn’t agreeable with the German public that watched the fight live at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Huck is becoming a regular to controversial decisions and for the most part they seem to favor him. But this kind of thing is starting to wear thin, and he didn’t help himself any getting a decision given to him that boxing as a whole didn’t agree with. But even you ignore the controversial decision, which is impossible to do, you can’t can’t around how poorly Huck fought against Arslan. Huck’s shots were picked off all night on the gloves of Arslan, and Huck just looked weak and inept.

If Wladimir wants to fight Huck after this it could be the equivalent of a stink bomb wherever the fight takes place. If Wladimir wants to fight a cruiserweight then he should be fighting Arslan, not Huck. That sends the wrong message when you fight a guy that appeared to lose in the minds of many boxing fans. Continue reading

“The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”: Bute-Grachev, Huck-Arslan; Fonfara workout

Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special “November 10th Big Preview” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

On tonight’s broadcast, we will be dissecting this weekend’s big action, including Bute/Grachev, Huck/Arslan, and much more. James and Joseph will also give the tonight’s listeners a special preview of Bute/Froch II at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, which is rumored to be slated for March of 2013.

During the 2nd half hour, “The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to feature elite level trainer Ronnie Shields. The expert boxing proponent will give us his take on all of the big match-ups scheduled for November 10th, including his fighter’s big event against undefeated Vanes Martirosyan at the Wynn Las Vegas. Continue reading

Arslan feels he was robbed in Huck fight

By Dwight Chittenden: Right now 42-year-old #8 WBO Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KO’s) is feeling really upset about being on the losing end of a controversial 12 round unanimous decision against WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) last night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Arslan fought well, landed the better punches in the fight, and had the crowd firmly behind him from start to finish. However, instead of being given the decision, Arslan was handed a nice big loss for all his trouble with the judges giving the frequently lucky Huck the win by the scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111.

Arslan said this moments after the fight had ended “I’ve seldom landed so many clean punches and the only scuffed me. How can such a thing happen? I landed so many punches. I think the whole crowd believes I’m the winner. I’ve been robbed of my win. I would have been the new world champion today. I would have written history.” Continue reading

Huck beats Arslan in unpopular decision

By Kevin Chittenden: Making his 10th defense of his World Boxing Organization cruiserweight title champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KO’s) took a real beating from challenger Firat Arslan (32-6-2, 21 KO’s) in successfully defending his belt by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The judges scored it 115-113, 115-113, 117-111(!).

However, the decision was met with boos from the large crowd, many of which thought that the 42-year-old Arslan had done more than enough to deserve the decision. It’s hard to argue with that because Arslan landed the cleaner punches in virtually every round of the fight. He was snapping Huck’s head with uppercuts and had his nose swollen up and looking broken. Huck’s face was red from the many shots he absorbed in the fight.

Huck did throw a lot more punches but many of them were picked off on the gloves of Arslan, and the ones that did land had no affect on him. Arslan was never hurt and wasn’t slowed down in the least by Huck’s constant shots. Continue reading

Photos: Huck/Arslan Weigh-In

Here are the weights from Halle/Westphalia, Germany:

WBO Cruiserweight World Championship
Firat Arslan: 90.0 kg / 198.41 lbs
Marco Huck: 90.2 kg / 198.85 lbs

WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship
Cleiton Conceicao: 78.7 kg / 173.50 lbs
Dustin Dirks: 79.2. kg / 174.60lbs Continue reading

Huck vs. Arslan preview; Geale sends blessings to GSP; Estrada vs. Brown

Fans who like their boxing rough and ready certainly won’t want to miss Saturday’s WBO World Cruiserweight bang-up between Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck and Firat Arslan at The Gerry Webber Stadium, Halle, Germany. It promises to be X rated. Neither has a reverse gear.

(BoxNation televise live and exclusive in the UK on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Champion Huck, a 27 year old Serb who is now based in Berlin, is no stranger to British diehards as several of his wars have already been broadcast here. Continue reading

News: Huck/Arslan Officials; Roberto Ortiz Appointed As IBO Fight Commissioner

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, November 3, in the cruiserweight (200 pounds) title bout between champion Marco Huck and Firat Arslan, to be held at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, in a Sauerland Events presentation.

Valcarcel reported that for the tenth title defense of the WBO cruiserweight title for Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) against the seventh ranked Arslan (32-5-1, 21 KOs), the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from United States. Continue reading