WBOcruiserweight king Marco Huck had his toughest test yet as champion, getting through a difficult defense against previously undefeated Denis Lebedev by split decision last night at Max SchmelingHalle in Berlin, Germany.
Huck, normally the aggressor in his bouts, chose to try and box his way past the shorter southpaw Lebedev, who turned in a good performance for his first world title clash.
The champion was the better man in the early frames, keeping his composure but eventually, Lebedev succeeded in pushing Huck back and this wore down the champion.
Lebedev came on in the middle rounds, punishing Huck but by the tenth stanza, the champion had regained the initiative, landing big shots that had the challenger on the defensive.
Fighting through what was later reported to be a rib injury, Huck finished strongly to make his case and was rewarded by winning two cards by margins of 115-113 while Lebedev was favored by the third at 116-112. More...