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Fillingham’s View – Marco Huck defeats Denis Lebedev

“What!?”

By Adam Fillingham: Above was my reaction to the shock split decision in Germany earlier tonight. I’m sure the two judges that marked WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck ahead of challenger Denis Lebedev must have been watching a completely different fight. I am not biased either. I have followed Marco’s career since his defeat to Steve Cunningham and I am a big fan of the German. But surely no one (or at least outside of Germany) could think that Lebedev was not the clear winner.


Lebedev could have done no more other than knock Huck out. Denis’ counter punching; combinations and defensive skills were very impressive. Due to these assets in the fight my final card was 118-112 to Lebedev.

Huck throughout fought negatively and very rarely in a round landed much too even put his Russian opponent on the back foot. Even when Huck landed a punch or two of note Lebedev would come back with a fantastic counter punch. There were two rounds (two and three) where Huck fought better but in every other round he was pretty much dominated.

So who is right? Me or the judges? My friend who watched the fight with me had it one round wider than I did which made me instantly think the judges were way out. But when the final bell went the German crowd roared and Huck put his arms straight in the air. So maybe were both wrong, let me know what you think in the comments.
Finally where do both fighters go now? Surely a rematch as Lebedev (in MY opinion) did not deserve to lose and surely Huck will want to prove any doubters like myself wrong. If not then maybe a possible unification bout with Danny Green could be on the cards. Green is beatable for Huck but is also a big name so maybe that fight could be made in 2011.

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