Marco Huck vs. 41-year-old Firat Arslan on November 3rd
(Picture: Photo Wende) By Jason Kim: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KO’s) will be trying for a change of luck when he defends his title against 41-year-old former WBA World cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KO’s) on November 3rd at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Huck, 27, hasn’t won a fight since October of last year and is coming off of what many boxing fans felt was a gift draw against Ola Afolabi in May of this year. You can arguably say that Huck deserved to lose that fight by an 8 rounds to 4 score because he clearly lost the first six rounds of the fight and at least 2 of the last 6 rounds. Although he rallied well, he gave away the first 6 rounds in the eyes of many boxing fans this writer included. In his fight before that, Huck was beaten by WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin by a 12 round majority decision last February.
The fight was winnable for Huck, but he wasn’t throwing punches on a consistent basis and instead he would attack in brief spurts where he was miss pretty much everything he threw. Huck threw a huge amount of rabbit punches in that fight, and he probably should have lost five or six points due to the constant nature of the rabbit punches.
It disappointing to see because it really took away from what was a decent performance from him. If he could fix the rabbit punching and if he were able to fight for the full three minutes of every round, he might make for a decent heavyweight, but I don’t think that’s possible. Huck has since moved back down to cruiserweight because he was unable to land a big money fight against either of the Klitschko brothers. Of course, the brothers wouldn’t bother fighting him if he couldn’t even beat Povetkin.
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Arslan is coming off of a controversial 12 round draw against EBU cruiserweight champion Alexander Alekseev last May. Arslan fought well enough to deserve a decision win in that fight, but the judges saw it differently and scored it a draw.
Huck should be able to dominate Arslan without any problem as long he doesn’t get caught in an inside war. Arslan is the much better inside fighter and he’ll give Huck problems if he makes the mistake of trying to fight him in close.