Marco Huck knocks out Firat Arslan, David Price wins easy in comeback bout

Martin Rose

Marco Huck took care of Firat Arslan in today's rematch, and now may have his sights set on a heavyweight run.

Firat Arslan knew it could be his last chance to win a major title, and he fought like it, bringing the action to WBO cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck today in Germany, only to find himself outgunned by a younger man. Huck met Arslan toe-to-toe and stopped the veteran in the sixth round.

Huck (37-2, 26 KO) said before the fight that he wanted to go back up to heavyweight and win a belt there. He had once chance, losing a narrow and debated decision to Alexander Povetkin in February 2012. At 29, Huck is young enough to wait a bit if he wants to go back up for real, but there are vulnerable heavyweights out there. The question is whether or not his size (6'2" with a 77" reach and a fit, almost slim figure) will be enough to win a belt against bigger men. And if we're talking about Wladimir Klitschko, then no. The answer is no.

Arslan (33-7-2, 21 KO) could retire at age 43, as he's unlikely to get another major opportunity like this one. There's still a role he could fill in the sport, but does he want that?

On the undercard, British heavyweight David Price improved to 16-2 (14 KO) with a two-minute stoppage of punching bag veteran Istvan Ruzsinszky (12-10-1, 8 KO), a short-notice opponent. In other action. Emanuele Blandamura scored a mild upset over Marcos Nader via 12-round split decision; Tyron Zeuge shut out George Beroshvili over 10 rounds; Enrico Koelling stopped Paata Aduashvili in three; and Otto Wallin won a four-round decision over Ferenc Zsalek.

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