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Huck defeats Lebedev by controversial decision

By Jim Dower: In one of the worst decisions I’ve seen in quite some time, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) successfully defended his World Boxing Organization title on Saturday night by defeating previously unbeaten Russian challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KO’s) by a 12 round split decision at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin.

The three judges’ scored it 115-113, 115-113 for Huck, and the final one scored it 116-112 for Lebedev. I had Lebedev easily winning the fight by eight rounds. I don’t see how the judges could given the fight to Huck. This decision is going to leave a bad taste in the mouth of fans, because some of them will see this as another cause of a German based fighter winning a home town decision.

Lebedev dominated the fight with powerful body shots and constant aggression. Huck seldom threw punches and spent much of the fight back peddling and missing wildly. It wasn’t even close to being a competitive fight, which is why it seems all the more strange that Huck was given the decision. However, he was the hometown fighter and it often takes a knockout to beat fighters when they’re fighting at home.

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