By Tim Nielsen: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KO's) should consider himself very lucky right now after "beating" challenger Denis Lebedev(21-1, 16 KO's) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the Max Schmelling halle in Berlin, Germany. Huck appeared to have lost the fight, as Lebedev dominated the entire bout. However, the judges gave it to Huck, the home fighter, by the scores of 115-113, 115-113 for Huck and 116-112 for Lebedev.
If I were to be generous to Huck, I'd agree with the 116-112 score for Lebedev, but I had him winning the fight by much more lopsided score than that. Huck was just wild with his shots, spent too much time backing up and didn't throw enough punches in the fight. It was like watching a bigger, slower version of Arthur Abraham. Huck looked beyond poor, which is why it seems all the more crazy that he was given the decision. But he was the home fighter, and he was fighting in Germany. I wish I could see Lebedev getting a rematch, but I doubt he'll get a second shot at the title. Rather than waste time in possibly getting jobbed again in Germany, Lebedev would be better off going after one of the other cruiserweight champions.