It proved to be third time unlucky for British cruiserweight Ola Afolabi as the two-time interim WBO champion came up short against arch-rival Marco Huck in Berlin, Germany yet again.
Despite showing once more that there is little to choose between him and ‘Cap’n Huck,’ Afolabi didn’t go that extra mile needed to take a title away from a home fighter in his own backyard and dropped a third career defeat in the process.
An entertaining defeat and draw had initially earned Afolabi another shot at Huck’s title, although the US-based bruiser was out-foxed by Huck in the tighter rounds as he clung to his title belt with a majority decision.
Judges at ringside who had the bout there or thereabouts carded 115-113 and 114-114 respectively, with a third handing in a 117-111 sheet in favour of Huck – which did an injustice to the efforts put in by Afolabi over the course of the contest.
Having fought 36 rounds against each other, Huck has now won by a combined total of 1035-1017, meaning a fourth outing looks unlikely to happen after the German retained his championship for the eleventh time.