Marco Huck’s first fight in the US ended in a knockout defeat on Friday night, but his was not the most disastrous stateside debut in boxing this weekend.
That dubious distinction went to a pair of Turkish brothers, Bugra and Alptug Öner.
The Öner’s both had undefeated records before they made the trip to the “land of opportunity”. Each man had logged 8 wins without a defeat and they were building a fan base in their homeland. It all came crashing down, however, at Wynwood stadium in Miami, Florida.
The fighters had been brought over to fight on the undercard of a show headlined by a bout between their countryman, Avni Yildirim, and legendary “Road Warrior”, Glen Johnson. Bugra was matched up with lanky journeyman, Marcus Upshaw, while his brother had to deal with a late change of opponent. In the end Alptug would face another journeyman in Zacariah Kelley. With Upshaw’s record a modest 17-14-4, and Kelly’s an even less impressive 4-11, the Turks were expected to be dazzling debutants.
What transpired was a true horror show, as both Öner’s were stopped inside the distance. Bugra in 5, and Alptug in 3. That’s right, not one, but both brothers were knocked out.
While Huck’s first adventure in America ended with him laying limp between two strands of ring rope, at least he put on a show for 10 and half rounds prior to the KO. The fight got people talking, and American fans will undoubtedly look forward to seeing him again. His opponent was also a quality fighter with a shiny undefeated record.
All is not lost for the Germany based Serb.
It is hard to find the same soothing words for this Turkish duo.
Luckily for team Turkey, Avni Yildirim picked up the biggest win of his young career when he beat, an admittedly well past his best, Glen Johnson on points. Although the contrasting emotions may have only made for an even more awkward atmosphere in the locker room.