Huck defeats Ramirez, Wins WBO Cruiserweight title
By Erik Schmidt: Cruiserweight Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KO’s) defeated Argentinean Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-2, 12 KOs) tonight by a 12-round unanimous decision to win his Ramirez’s World Boxing Organization title at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112.
Huck, 24, outworked Ramirez through the 12 rounds, essentially beating him at his own game by ramming huge power shots down Ramirez’s throat and not letting up on him. In the past, Ramirez has gained a reputation for his high pressure style of fighting and his ability to wear his opponents down.
However, in this case, it was Huck who wore Ramirez down by fighting at a fast pace and not letting up on him by keeping a sustained effort in all 12 rounds. Ramirez gave it a came effort to try and take Huck out as he landed some monstrous shots in the first six rounds of the fight.
Huck, not exactly the most skilled fighter you’ll ever see on the defensive side of the game, blocked many of the punches with his face but he never showed signs of being hurt by any of them. Ramirez loaded up with most of shots and wasn’t able to keep a steady rhythm going with his shots like Huck, because he appeared to be trying to take Huck out with every punch he threw.
The problem for Ramirez, besides his low work rate, was that he was too focused on throwing one big shot at a time. In contrast, Huck was firing off two and three punch combinations through most of the rounds. In some cases, Huck flurried on Ramirez and had him covering up while Huck rained punches on him with both hands.
Huck was docked points twice in the fight for throwing low blows, once in the 7th and another time occurring in the 11th round. Huck had been tempting fate by throwing to the body in the first six rounds of the fight, and would occasionally have one of his punches that would stray low. Each time, referee Carlos Colon would give Huck a warning. By the 7th, it looks as if Colon was tired of giving warnings and decided to take points. Even with the deductions, Huck appeared to win both the 7th and 11th rounds, making them even rounds on my scorecard.
Ramirez showed some good power with his shots, but he rarely had enough time to land more than one or two shots before Huck would either move away or grab him in a clinch. Huck wasn’t about to let the shorter Ramirez pound away on him on the inside and instead made it a point to grab Ramirez whenever they were at close range.
In the 2nd half of the bout, Huck began to relax more and open up with his offense. He looked confident as if he realized that he had nothing to fear from Ramirez and wasn’t afraid to go toe to toe with him. From the 7th round on, Huck landed frequent combinations to the head of Ramirez. Huck was especially good at firing back at Ramirez with multiple combinations any time after Ramirez would land a big shot. Huck did really well landing uppercuts and was able to take advantage of Ramirez crowding him and leaning forward by tagging him with uppercuts.
After the final decision was announced, an angry Ramirez rushed out of the ring without giving any interviews. It’s hard to see what Ramirez was angry about because the fight really wasn’t close. Ramirez was hit often and only rarely put together more than one punch at a time.