On April 1st, Marco Huck faces dangerous Cruiserweight Mairis Briedis for the WBC World Title at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany, live on BoxNation.
The governing body originally ordered this bout between their first and second-ranked fighters for the Interim Title, but now the biggest prize is on the line pitting an experienced, former World ruler against a heavy-handed operator.
Tony Bellew was the previous holder of the belt, but after his Heavyweight contest with David Haye it seems unlikely he'll return to the division and he has now been appointed 'Champion Emeritus'.
Huck (40-3-1, 27 KOs) was at the top of the division for seven years until he was stopped by Krzysztof Glowacki in August 2015, falling one fight short of ending the record of consecutive Cruiserweight Title defences set by Johnny Nelson.
In his last outing, the Serbian-born boxer outpointed European Champion Dmytro Kucher to propel himself back towards the upper end of the division, and land a fight with Briedis.
Briedis (21-0, 18 KOs) has demonstrated serious power by earning seven straight knockouts, including his win over Manuel Charr at Heavyweight where we gave up over thirty pounds in weight.
Fighting in Huck’s adopted home country will not faze Briedis, who in the last three years has competed on cards in Germany, Russia, USA and Great Britain.
The experienced Huck has the chance to hand his Latvian opponent the first professional defeat of his career, but Briedis will be aiming to prove he’s no April fool on April 1st.
Should Bellew return from his stint at Heavyweight, he will be in line to face this winner of this cracking Cruiserweight collision.