Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) SD12 Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs)
Recap– Challenger, Lebedev, made a solid run at WBO cruiserweight champion, Marco Huck’s title, but spent too much time stalking and allowed Huck to steal enough rounds to retain his title. Judges’ scorecards were: 115-113, 115-113 for Huck and 116-112 for Lebedev. The Boxing Tribune scored the fight 114-114, a draw.
What this means to boxing: There should be talk of an immediate rematch, but it’s more likely that Huck will be allowed an optional defense. The proposed cruiserweight tournament is still, at the moment, up in the air.
Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) UD12 Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16 KOs)
Recap– Morales struggled at points with the awkward southpaw late-replacement, Lorenzo. Morales would drop Lorenzo in the fifth, but the contest would seem to be fairly close in the second half of the fight. Judges’ cards read: 116-111, 115-112, 114-113.
What this means to boxing– Rumor has it that Morales struggle mightily to make weight, but the win puts him in line for a possible bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011.
Estadio 20 de Noviembre, Campeche, Campeche, Mexico
Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs) TKO 1 Adolfo Ramos (18-11-1, 10 KOs)
Recap– The Colombian, Ramos, was game, but deeply overmatched. Arce would send Ramos to the canvas with straight right hand in the middle of the first and then pounce on the his rival until the ref waved the fight at the 2:06 mark.
What this means to boxing– After the bout, Arce said that a bout with WBO jr. featherweight champ, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., was signed and scheduled to take place in April.
Other Noteworthy Fights— (WBC light heavyweight title) Jean Pascal MD Bernard Hopkins; (IBF jr. flyweight title) Luis Lazarte MD Ulises Solis; (Jr. Middleweight) Paulie Malignaggi TKO 6 Michael Lozada; (Super Middleweight) Peter Quillin KO1 Martin Desjardins; (Super Middleweight) Daniel Jacobs TKO 5 Jesse Orta; (Heavyweight) Tyson Fury UD 8 Zack Page; (Cruiserweight) Yoan Pablo Hernandez KO 1 Ali Ismailov; (Heavyweight) Alexander Povetkin UD 10 Nikolai Firtha; (Jr. Flyweight) Ramon Garcia Hirales UD12 Omar Soto; (Jr. Lightweight) Jorge Lacierva UD10 Joksan Hernandez; (Welterweight) Omar Chavez TKO 2 Ignasi Caballero