Tonight at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, one of the biggest names on the German scene saw his popularity go through the roof as Marco Huck toppled WBO cruiserweight titlist Victor Emilio Ramirez.
European champ Huck came out all guns blazing and put the normally aggressive Argentine in the unexpected position of having to go defensive to weather the storm.
But Ramirez did just that and turned the tide starting with the third frame, nailing the overly enthusiastic Huck with some big shots.
Huck made an adjustment however and began to box smarter, throwing combinations that allowed him to regain his earlier momentum.
Ramirez stuck to the game plan of trying to level Huck with every punch but by now Huck could see them coming and picked off the champion to win most of the exchanges.
By the ninth, Ramirez began to wear down and Huck picked up the pace, furthering his lead. But too many body shots strayed south of the border and Huck lost points in the ninth and eleventh frames.
Going into the last round Ramirez tried to take the decision away from the judges but could not put a dent in the bigger, stronger challenger, ultimately losing a unanimous decision by marks of 116-111 twice and 115-112.
Huck is the new WBO cruiserweight champion, seeing his record to 26-1 (20), while Ramirez loses for the first time over his last 11 appearance to fall to 15-2 (12).
On the undercard, European super middle beltholder Karo Murat, 20-0 (12), made the jump to light heavy with a 117-111 twice and 120-108 UD against Sergey Demchenko, 13-3 (10), to annex the vacant WBO Intercontinental crown.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, 34-5 (30), was stunned over eight rounds, losing a points verdict to former Nigerian Olympian Gbenga Oloukun, 17-1 (10), via scores of 79-76 and 77-75 twice.