Huck defeats Larghetti to keep cruiserweight belt

HALLE, Germany (AP) German cruiserweight Marko Huck defeated Mirko Larghetti of Italy by unanimous decision Saturday to retain his WBO belt 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. Huck still managed to open a cut under Larghetti's right eye in the seventh.

"I respect how my opponent fought. But I deserved to win," said Huck, who used his height, longer reach and greater experience to his advantage.

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