Huck beats Afolabi again
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) retained his title for the eleventh time with a twelve round majority decision over interim titleholder Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Huck was sharp and aggressive from the start landing clean shots and outworking Afolabi, who never got untracked until late. The challenger came on in the closing rounds, but was rattled by a big Huck right hand in the final round. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111. Huck is now 2-0-1 against Afolabi in their trilogy.
Marco Huck fought a great fight! Marco has a very aggressive, action-oriented, and crowd-pleasing style and he always has.
I was hoping Marco would get the KO win, but Afolabi has a very strong chin and took Marco's shots very well. Overall, I was impressed with Marco and thought out of all 3 fights, the margin of victory was largest in this one for him.
I don't understand how one of the judges could have scored this fight a draw. It was not a draw. At the absolute most, Afolabi won 5 rounds and that's being very generous to him. Giving him 6 rounds is overcompensating and indicates a bias. Realistically, the African won 3 to 4 rounds.
That would have been impossible when Ross Greenberg and his assistant Kery Davis (Al Haymon's long-time friend) were making the decisions. Some Jews like Ken Hershman are clearly less racist against white Gentiles than others like Greenberg.
HBO no longer discriminates against white boxers (although Max Kellerman is still racist against white boxers in his commentary, especially about the Klitschkos). Showtime (where Haymon has influence) is still very reluctant to show good white boxers.
Greenberg would never, ever have showcased someone like Sergey Kovalev. Joe Calzaghe had to be super middleweight champion for a decade before they reluctantly permitted his fights on HBO! And Greenberg tried to set Ricky Hatton up to lose, by having his first HBO fight moving up in weight to fight a southpaw. He did the same to Sergey Dzinziruk, after making him wait nearly two years after promising him a chance to appear on HBO.
Huck is the best cruiserweight in the world. He lost a controversial decision to Alexander Povetkin, who is the best heavyweight in the world not named Klitschko. That fight could have gone either way.
Huck was ahead on all scorecards and Glowacki needed a knockout to win it. And that's just what he did. Huck knocked him down hard in the 6th and looked like it might be over. But Glowacki fought his way through and not only survived but thrived in the remainder of the round. Each fighter had never been knocked down until tonight. Man! What a fight!!!
I'm a big Marco Huck fan so sad to see him lose. But congrats to Glowacki on a great upset!
Edit: Boxing scene has reported Huck left the arena in ambulance. Hopefully just a pre cautionary step and no injury.
Another reminder that boxing is a brutal sport, and these guys lives are literally on the line every time they step in the ring. I've seen fighters killed, or permanently injured and that's one of the unfortunate sides to this sport.