Huck vs. Briedis Title Fight Preview
On Saturday, one of the best cruiserweight champions in recent memory will have a shot to prove he still belongs at the highest level of competition. Marco Huck (40-3-1, 27 KOs) will take on Mairis Breidis (21-0, 18 KOs) for the WBC cruiserweight belt in Dortmund, Germany.
The German former champion Huck is the more weathered and experienced of the two fighters, having nearly set the record for consecutive cruiserweight title defenses when he held the WBO belt. His reign ended when he was knocked out by Krzysztof Glowacki in 2015. Since then he has rebounded with two victories, and looks to regain his status as champion when he fights for the WBC portion of the title.
Breidis, a Latvian cruiserweight, is the considered an up-and-comer despite being the same age as Huck. In boxing, age is less indicative of a fighter’s remaining skin in the game: while only 32 just like Huck, Breidis has significantly less miles on him and clearly has more of his career ahead of him.
That’s what makes this fight such a significant one for both fighters, and for the division overall. Huck has the opportunity to assert himself as a fighter with plenty more gas in his tank, and one that is capable of fending off the "younger" fighter. And if he loses, he’ll pass a proverbial torch to Breidis, who looks to remain undefeated as he establishes himself as the cruiserweight champion of the future.
With the division full of promising young talents looking to capture the top spot, like the Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk, this fight will provide a gage to see where Huck and Breidis stack up. Will the veteran use his vast experience to outsmart Breidis? Or will Breidis’s hunger to get to the top, where Huck’s already been, push him to new heights?
The close odds ahead of the cruiserweight clash illustrate just how close of a fight it is. With the future of the cruiserweight division up in the air, Huck and Breidis should provide for an excellent fight between two boxers at very different stages of their careers.