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Cunningham stops Huck to retain cruiserweight title

Cunningham stops Huck to retain cruiserweight title

American Steve Cunningham made a successful first defense of his IBF Cruiserweight title Saturday, stopping Germany's Marco Huck late in the 12th round.
Cunningham survived some good shots early from the 23-year-old former kickbox world champion and dominated the later rounds, reducing Huck to attempting knockout punches.
Huck (19-1, 14 knockouts) threw punches wildly to get the knockout he needed in the final two rounds. As the fighters traded punches, he was sent staggering in the final minute.
With 1:04 left in the fight, the German's corner threw in the towel. Afterwards they praised Cunningham for having superior tactics.
"I didn't really have trouble with him at the start, I always start that way," Cunningham said. "I was just smarter."
Cunningham (21-1, 10 knockouts) outpointed Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on May 26 to gain the title after losing against the Pole on his first try to claim the belt.
By the eighth round Cunningham was taking the fight to the German, who looked very inexperienced.
"You look like a champion, don't take no risks," Cunningham's corner told their fighter after the round.
Huck was fighting in his hometown in front of 4,000 fans.
"I feel bad at disappointing the home public," Huck said. "But I'm just 23, I'll be back. This was just my first chance."


Updated : 2021-04-17 14:36 GMT+08:00