Former 200-pound limit champion Marco Huck meets the new kid on the block Mairis Briedis, for a WBC cruiserweight title fight. The fight being upgraded due to Tony Bellew’s absents is a nice boost for the fighters. More importantly, Huck’s career is on the line against what some have branded one of the next generation cruisers.
Official results from the Weigh in from Dortmund, Germany, for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world:
Marco Huck – 90,5 kg – 199,5 lb
Mairis Briedis – 90,5 kg – 199,5 lb
Christina Hammer – 72,0 kg – 158,73 lb
Maria Lindbergh – 70,0 kg – 154,32 lb
Marco Huck: „I always want to win by Knockout!“
The decision of the World Boxing Council to confirm that the bout between Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis at April 1st in Dortmund, Germany, will be for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world was the main topic at the press conference today.
“From my childhood it was a dream for me to fight for the green belt of the WBC”, Marco Huck said. “Now this dream comes true. It is a maximum motivation for me.”
Champion Captain Huck after his fight with broken hand – “Ulli Wegner made me to an Indian brave!”
One and a half week till showdown – IBO champion Marco “Captain“ Huck fight at 1st of April with Mairis Briedis in Dortmund, Germany, for the WBC Cruiserweight title.
Huck worked very hard in the training camp in Braunlage, Niedersachsen, with his new trainer Oktay Urkal. The preparation with the former Olympic medalist was special because of Huck had broken the metacarpal bone in the last fight with Dmitro Kutcher in November 2016. But the injury is healed now and the bone is able to work under pressure.
WBC cruiserweight king Tony Bellew is all set for his first title defence. His promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports today how the defence will top a Liverpool show on October 15, with an official announcement of the opponent and other details next week. For now, Hearn says there are three names in the mix: former WBC and IBF champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, former WBA title challenger B.J Flores and unbeaten WBC mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis.
“It’s a full division, we have Wlodarczyk, B.J Flores, who has been calling Tony out; that’s a fun fight,” Hearn said. “And we have a mandatory, Mairis Briedis. Hopefully we’ll have an announcement next week.”
World boxing champion Mairis Briedis has become the Head of Security of the manufacturer of cancer medicine Rigvir at the same time continuing his professional boxing career.
This week’s schedule is packed so tight with cruiserweight bouts that some good ones will probably be overlooked. Tonight’s card in Moscow which was supposed to be headlined by the heavyweight showdown between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin will go on with three cruiserweight bouts now headlined by Denis Lebedev. Beibut Shumenov will fight Junior Wright in Las Vegas with the WBA title at stake. There were two other interesting fights in the same weight class preceding the mainstream shows that deserve to be mentioned and were well worth watching.
Results from Riga, Latvia
Mairis Briedis W TKO 9 Olanrewaju Durodola
Sergei Ekimov W UD 10 Charles Adamu
Fedor Papazov W TKO 7 Xolani Mcotheli
Aslanbek Kozaev W UD 8 Nikoloz Gvajava
It was similar to the way Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out three years ago in 2012. The only difference was Briedis split Charr’s guard with a right uppercut to the chin and followed it up with a parting left hook to the head that sent the 245 pound Charr face down on the canvas. Charr’s arms were to his sides when he hit the canvas and he didn’t even attempt to brace his fall because he was literally knocked unconscious. Referee Irakly Malazonia stopped the fight officially at 2:55 of the round.
Mairis Briedis (14-0, 11 KOs), the undefeated cruiserweight from Riga, Latvia, has just signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events. Briedis is currently promoted overseas by J.C. Courreges’ Biggers Better Boxing, the co-promotion will cover all of Briedis’ US and Canadian fights.