Usyk vs Huck scoring: Controversy on tap?Written by Lee Cleveland
On September 9, WBO cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk, considered by many the world's best cruiserweight, faces the biggest name in the division over the last 6 years - Marco Huck (45-4, 27 KO), the second longest reigning cruiserweight world champion of all time.
Usyk vs Huck will take place in Marco's adopted Germany and some are already wondering what'll happen if Usyk, a Ukrainian, doesn't dominant his foe.
Ask Denis Lebedev and a few others.
In 2010 in arguably one of the worst high-profile decisions in the past 10 years, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck successfully defended his World Boxing Organization title by defeating previously unbeaten Russian challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KO’s) via a 12 round split decision in Berlin.
However, many had Lebedev, a Russian, easily winning the fight by 7 or 8 rounds as Denis appeared to dominate his foe with body shots and aggression.
Most who saw that fight called it a robbery and insisted Lebedev was victimized by that good ol' fashioned hometown cooking. In fact, the German fans in attendance booed the decision.
And let's not forget Huck's controversial draw in with Ola Afolabi in 2012 and his debatable points win over Firat Arslan the same year. Both fights, of course, were in Germany.
And while Latvian Mairis Briedis was awarded a unanimous decision over Huck on German soil earlier this year, Team Usyk shouldn't expect their man to get the nod if the fight is anywhere near close.
“I have a tactic specifically aimed at Huck. This is necessary because in my opinion he is one of my toughest competitors in this tournament. But why should I talk about it now and give Huck an advantage that he does not deserve?," Usyk recently told BoxingScene.com.
Umm... He already has at least one advantage, Oleksandr.
"Huck, by the way, has an advantage because he is at home in front of his audience in Berlin. This definitely makes him stronger, but I love this challenge!”
On paper, Usyk is the clear favorite because he's surging and Huck, having lost 2 of his last 4 bouts, seems to be fading. What makes this fight so intriguing is the location.
Not only will the German fans ignite Marco, the judges will (subliminally) give Huck a little more credit than he deserves. Judges are human and when 20,000 fans scream every time Huck lands a shot, the judges may be tricked into thinking Huck is doing more damage than he really is.
Usyk vs Huck
WBO Cruiserweight Title
September 9, 2017
Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg
That stated, there's simply no excuse for the Lebedev robbery. Who knows what went on behind the scenes there?
To be safe, Usyk shouldn't be thinking about outpointing Huck over 12 rounds. He needs to implement a strategy to 'sign, seal and deliver' Mr. Huck.
Huck vs Lebedev highlights