After a great uncompromising battle between Aleksandr Povetkin and Marco Huck, and the Russian’s hard victory on points, fans are demanding an immediate rematch. However, the fight will not happen – at least for now.
WBA regular champion Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) retained his title with a very tough majority decision over WBO cruiserweight king Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs). The scores (114-114, 116-113 and 116-112) are being called controversial by some observers, who saw Huck as the winner.
In a post-fight televised interview, Povetkin said he was ready for a rematch. But according to Chris Meyer, CEO for Sauerland Event, the Russian is now obliged to hold a mandatory defense against former WBC champion Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41KOs).
“Povetkin has to do his mandatory against Hasim Rahman first. We can’t get around it,” Meyer told boxingscene.com.
In case the Russian Knight beats the American veteran, he will be able to challenge WBA, WBO and IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko.
As for WBO cruiserweight king Huck, he has now to decide whether to return to cruiser or remain at heavyweight.