Marco Huck keeps cruiserweight belt

Updated: August 30, 2014, 10:29 PM ET
Associated Press

HALLE, Germany -- German cruiserweight Marco Huck defeated Mirko Larghetti of Italy by unanimous decision to retain his WBO belt on Saturday for the record-equaling 13th time.

The judges scored it 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 in favor of the defending champion, who was really only troubled in the seventh and eighth rounds.

The previously undefeated Larghetti was in danger of being knocked out by the 11th. Huck went for it in the final round, which ended with a flurry of punches as the bell was ringing to leave the challenger on the canvas.

The Serbian-born Huck improved to 38-2-1 (26 KOs) and equaled the record held by Johnny Nelson for the most successful title defenses in the cruiserweight division.

Larghetti dropped to 21-1 (13 KOs).

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