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Huck beats Afolabi to keep WBO cruiser belt

BERLIN (AP) - German cruiserweight Marco Huck retained the WBO title, outpointing Britain's Ola Afolabi on Saturday night.

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The defending champion didn't look overly troubled in the third bout between them, so there was some surprise at the Max-Schmeling-Halle when judge Lahcen Oumghar of the Netherlands scored it 114-114 for Afolabi. But Deon Dwarte of South Africa and John Madfis of the United States agreed Huck won, scoring it 115-113 and 117-111, respectively.

Huck improved to 36-2-1, and Afolabi dropped to 19-3-4.

``I think I surpassed myself today,'' Huck said. ``Today I showed that I can box. Key to the success was my good preparation. ``Huck kept his belt after fighting Afolabi to a draw in May 2012, and beat the Briton with a narrow unanimous decision in May 2009.

Huck has made 11 successful defenses of the title he won from Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009.

``I leave the ring today without a bad conscience,'' Huck said.

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