Povetkin retains WBA belt by points over Huck


STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Alexander Povetkin did just enough Saturday to earn a points decision over Marco Huck and retain his WBA heavyweight title.

Huck, the WBO cruiserweight champion, had the undefeated 32-year-old Povetkin staggering back against the ropes in the fourth and seventh rounds, but the German was unable to deliver the knockout blow.

Belgian judge Philippe Verbeke called it a draw, 114-114, but England's John Coyle and South Africa's Stanley Christodoulou awarded it 116-113 and 116-112 respectively to the defending champion.

The decision was greeted by a chorus of boos, with Huck claiming victory over his 20-pound heavier opponent.

Povetkin improved to 24-0, while the 27-year-old Huck dropped to 34-2.