Marco Huck produced a stunning sixth round finish in Stuttgart to end Firat Arslan’s hopes of taking home the WBO cruiserweight title and prove his quality at 200lbs.
The German, 29, made a successful twelfth defence of his belt in a fight that looked set to go all the way to the scorecards as it did in their first meeting in November 2012.
For the first five rounds, the contest swayed back and forth as both fighters unloaded in similar fashion to when Huck scored a close decision win that prompted this eagerly-awaited return.
The end came in the sixth when Huck caught Arslan early in the round and after a follow-up flurry, Arslan hit the canvas hard. The 43 year-old got up maybe a little too quickly to carry on and Huck laid him out again as his unsteady legs seemed independant to his brain.
Once again Arslan sprung to his feet too soon and Huck piled on the pressure with still over a minute left in the round, leading to referee Mark Nelson ending the fight after the challenger shipped a couple he may have avoided.
It was an impressive display by Huck, who is now closing in on Johnny Nelson’s WBO cruiserweight title record of 14 defences held since 2005.
In the main support bout, Italian Emanuele Blandamura improved his record to 22-0 with a split decision points victory over Marcos Nader to become the European Union middleweight champion
The 34 year-old looked impressive on his way to a 117-111, 115-113, 113-115 win on the judges scorecards as Austrian Nader, 23, dropped a first career defeat in his third defence of the title.
Also on the bill at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Enrico Keolling pushed his record to 12-0 with four KO’s after scoring a third round stoppage win over Paata Aduashvili, whilst Tyron Zeuge also moved onto 12-0 with a ten round points win over George Beroshvili.
All three judges carded scores of 100-89 as the young German won the vacant WBO Youth super-middleweight belt.
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