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.