6th May 2012

Britain’s Ola Afolabi put in a spirited effort against German cruiserweight Marco Huck retained his WBO title in Erfurt on Saturday night earning a draw, which Afolabi says is as good as a win in Germany!

This fight was a rematch of Huck’s first defence of the title he won against Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009, was a real good scrap. Afolabi came out of the blocks fast and had the better of the opening rounds, before Huck came back well in the second half to level things up and then in the 12th and final round, they punched themselves to a stand still, in what is surely the round of the year so far.

Huck v Afolabi 2 is a mighty close affair!

Afolabi shown is resilience and toughness to get through an hurtful 9th round when a combination from Huck had him in trouble near the end of the session. Ola recovered well to see the fight out strong, matching Huck punch for punch.

“I give Marco a a lot of credit,” Afolabi said. “I thought he was tired around round six, but he just kept coming until round 12.”

Huck was back at cruiserweight after losing to Alexander Povetkin for the WBA heavyweight belt in February.

“I was tired early on, but I’m a fighter and I fought,” Huck said. “Thankfully it was just enough in the end.”

After the fight Ola
Afolabi spoke to Sport Eagle TV about the fight and what he plans to do
next. Ola was very unlucky not to win the fight after 2 of the judges
scored the contest a draw and the third in favour of Huck.

Judges Scores:
Paul Thomas
of the UK and Ingo Barrabas of Germany scored it 114-114, while Nelson
Vazquez of Puerto Rico had it 115-113 in favour of the defending
champion.