Arena, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany– As is usually the case when an unknown, untested challengers meets a long-reigning world titlist, a mismatch was in the air long before the fighters entered the ring. Marco Huck (34-1, 25KOs), making the eighth defense of his WBO cruiserweight title in his adopted home country, turned the probable into fact.
Challenger, Rogelio Omar Rossi (17-3-1, 11 KOs), was game enough, he just lacked the ability and skill to upset the reigning champ–and it showed early on in the contest.
Huck established his dominance almost immediately, as his punches began to take affect on Rossi as early as the second round. In the third, a point taken from Rossi for repeated low blows was followed by a flurry of punches from Huck that sent the challenger to the canvas.
In the fourth round, a Huck punch, thrown after the bell, dropped Rossi and resulted in a two-point deduction for the defending titlist.
After given some time to recover, Rossi came out for the fifth round with a sense of urgency, but was overwhelmed and sent to the canvas twice.
The end of the bout came in the sixth, when a perfectly-timed straight right hand from Huck sent Rossi down hard, causing his head to thud against the canvas, and resulting in several scary moments as the challenger remained unconscious. Rossi would get up under his own power, but still be carted off in a stretcher for safety reasons.
On the undercard, Bulgarian heavyweight, Kubrat Pulev (14-0, 6 KOs) beat American journeyman, Travis Walker (38-7-1, 30 KOs) via unanimous decision by scores of 119-109, 118-109, and 117-111.
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