Marco Huck vs Mairis Briedis
BY KID HERSH
From Germany on BoxNation came a double world title fight between Marco Huck (40-3-1, 27KO's) vs Mairis Briedis (21-0, 18KO's). Jay Nady was the referee. In the first round there was not much action to speak of, as Briedis worked on the body a bit and Huck was looking to hold and tie up Briedis on the inside when they came together. In the second round it was more of the same as Briediswas the busier man but still not landing anything real flush or punishing; he was simply outworking Huck who was not doing much except cover up. This pattern continued, with Huck not being able to mount any sort of offense until he attempted to press harder and get punches flowing in the fourth round but not much of note landed for him other than a flurry at the very end of the round. He carried that offense into the fifth round but Hucks punches were not landing clean for the most part and Briedis was doing a good job of answering Hucks flurries, which were still intermittent and not any sort of consistent offense. The jab was the difference in the fight and continued to be through the coming rounds as Briedis had the jab pumping and excellent footwork to upset Huck and any sort of rhythm he tried to get going. Huck did not even seem to land a right hand until a minute into the eighth round when he landed a good overhand right. Briedis did not budge from the punch but Huck also got his jab working in the eighth for the first time in the fight. Briedis may have stole the round in the final thirty seconds though, landing a beautiful uppercut that may have been the best punch of the fight as it seemed to hurt Huck, causing him to hold on until the round was over. Going down the stretch Briedis started to sit down on his punches more and was doing damage to Huck but not hurting him consistently. Huck was looking like a one-trick pony as he tried to land his right hand but had nothing else in the arsenal due to Briedis's great movement and sense of distance. In the championship rounds it was more ugly fighting that was not very fun to watch but the challenger was getting the job done. The cards came in 116-111, 117-110, 118-109 for the winner and new cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis. Great win for him here as he showed his boxing skills on the big stage instead of just power.