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Huck will need to raise his game to beat Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin, Marco Huck boxing photo and news imageBy Allen Fox: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KO’s) is going to have to show technical skills that he’s never possessed in his previous fights if he’s beat WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO’s) on February 25th.

Huck has been able to use his size and raw strength to beat most of his opposition without having to show much in the way of skills. He’s just big and strong fighter that has done well with the limited size and strength tools that he’s been blessed with. However, Huck was pretty well exposed in his fights against Steve Cunningham and Denis Lebedev, losing by a 12th round knockout in 2007.

Huck beat Lebedev by a controversial 12 round decision in December 2010 but looked as if he had lost almost round of the fight. That was a really controversial fight because Huck was overmatched and took a beating in that fight, yet still won it in his adopted country, while the visiting fighter Lebedev went home the loser.

A controversial decision is very much a danger in the Huck-Povetkin fight due to the bout taking place at the Porsche arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Huck will be the home fighter while Povetkin will the visitor. You can bet that the normal champion – challenger roles will be reversed with Huck likely to be given the decision if the fight is anywhere close. Even if it’s not close, there’s a possibility that Huck could still win it, as we saw in his fight against Lebedev.

You just never know what you’re going to get when a visiting fighter is in Germany.

Povetkin stopped 42-year-old Cedric Boswell in the 8th round in his last fight in December. He looked decent in that fight, although far from great due to his lack of speed and power. In Povetkin’s fight before that, he struggled to defeat former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev by a 12 round decision in August 2011.

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