By Scott Christ
Marco Huck tied Johnny Nelson’s WBO record with his 13th successful cruiserweight title defense today, but didn’t impress the former champion.
Mirko Larghetti wasn’t expected to give Marco Huck much of a test today in Halle, Germany, and despite a game effort from the Italian challenger, he didn’t, really, but that’s not to say that Huck dominated or looked great. After a slow start from Larghetti, the he came alive some in the middle rounds and on, but wound up losing on the scorecards, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, allowing Huck to retain his WBO cruiserweight title.
Huck (38-2-1, 26 KO) appeared to have possibly knocked out Larghetti (21-1, 13 KO) in the final seconds, but the knockout shot was ruled after the bell, and the fight went to the scorecards. It was a bit odd, but forget it, Jake, it’s Germanytown.
Former champion Johnny Nelson was in attendance for the fight, and shook his head seemingly in disgust at the finish. Nelson, 47 and retired since 2005, has said he could beat Huck with six months training. With the win today, Huck tied Nelson’s record for successful WBO cruiserweight title defenses at 13.
Nelson didn’t express any admiration for Huck’s win after the fight, either:
The insular world of WBO champion Marco Huck… I was dreaming. He’ll never fight me… @TonyBellew he’s all yours.
— Johnny Nelson (@SkyJohnnyNelson) August 30, 2014
Source: Bad Left Hook