This weekend Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis do battle in Dortmund, Germany, for the WBC Cruiserweight Championship of the World, live on BoxNation.
Seven days later on the Channel of Champions, feared Ukrainian Oleksander Usyk makes the second defence of his WBO World Title in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on the Vasyl Lomachenko undercard. The Cruiserweight division is certainly bustling with talent, as Murat Gassiev, IBF Champion, and WBA ruler Denis Lebedev also hold a portion of the 200lbs throne.
While the young guns try and make their mark, Captain Huck will be keen to return to the top, starting with a win on home soil at the Westfalenhalle. King of the Cruisers for seven years, the Serbian-born boxer was one win short of ending Johnny Nelson's record for consecutive defences in the division until heavy-handed Krzysztof Glowacki knocked him out in August 2015.
After rebuilding from that loss, Huck knows he brings bags of experience to the table. He always comes to fight and will not be fazed by the power that has seen Briedis finish 18 of his 21 opponents before the final bell, with seven KOs in a row. In 2015 he dispatched Manuel Charr up at Heavyweight, sending the German to sleep even though Briedis gave away 30lbs in weight. The Latvian is a slight favourite to overcome Huck but knows he must be at the top of his game.
Despite only having 11 fights, Usyk is regarded by some as the best of the bunch, perhaps down to his impressive pugilistic skills as well as the fearsome power he possesses. As an amateur he lost just 15 of 335 contests and earned gold at European, World and Olympic level.
In September he ripped away Glowacki's WBO crown in his own backyard. The Pole came in with an unblemished record of 26-0 and boasted successive victories over Huck and Steve Cunningham. Yet Usyk dominated him on all three cards, becoming Champion in just his tenth pro outing.
Eager to unify the division, Usyk v Gassiev would be a mouth-watering prospect, offering a real difference in styles. The 30-year-old has also stated his desire to eventually moving up, mentioning Anthony Joshua as a potential opponent. So a fight between the Heavyweight and Super-Heavyweight London 2012 gold medallists may be a distinct possibility further down the line.
One man who was touted to make a dent in the division was Dmitry Kudryashov. In November 2015, 'The Russian Hammer' was 18-0 with 18 knockouts but suffered a huge upset defeat to Nigerian Olanrewaju Durodola, via second-round stoppage. Since that first defeat of his career, he's bounced back with two wins inside the distance. Now the pair are set for a rematch this May in a final eliminator for the WBC strap contested by Huck and Briedis.
For some years the Cruiserweights were deemed unfashionable compared to the illustrious big boys in the weight class above. But now with the amount of world class operators fighting for top spot, 2017 looks on course to host plenty of exciting, competitive match-ups, starting with Huck v Briedis live on BoxNation.