Huck halts Arslan in six, Price wins in one

25/01/2014 23:16

Germany's Marco Huck (37-2-1) stopped compatriot Firat Arslan (33-7-2) in the sixth round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title in Stuttgart.

Huck upped the tempo after an evenly fought opening five rounds, twice knocking the 43-year-old Arslan to the canvas.

It was the second time the pair had clashed following their first encounter in November 2012 when Huck was awarded a controversial points verdict.

Earlier on the card, David Price (16-2) took the first step towards resurrecting his career by claiming a first-round knockout victory over stand-in Istvan Ruzsinszky (12-10-1).

 

Liverpudlian Price was supposed to be fighting Konstantin Airich in Stuttgart but the Kazakh failed a medical, meaning  Ruzsinszky stepped in. The Hungarian had been set to fight Swede Otto Wallin in a four-rounder on the undercard.

Ruzsinszky found himself down on the canvas two-thirds of the way into the first round courtesy of a short right hook from Price and the referee promptly waved for the end of the contest.

It was a first ever professional fight outside of the United Kingdom for Price, who vacated his British and Commonwealth titles after his second loss to American Tony Thompson in order to rebuild his career against lower-level opponents.