Oleksandr Usyk defends his WBO cruiserweight title against Marco Huck in the cruiserweight quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series. The fight will be held at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany.
World Boxing Super Series
The World Boxing Super Series is the first major boxing tournament since the Super Six World Boxing Classic of 2009. It’s a joint venture by Sauerland Promotions and former Golden Boy President Richard Schaeffer. The tournament has two weight classes: super middleweight and cruiserweight.
In the cruiserweight division, Oleksandr Usyk is among the four champion in the tournament. The winner of Usyk vs Huck will go on to face the winner of the WBC title bout between champion Mairis Briedis and challenger Mike Perez in the semifinals.
Usyk is unbeaten in 12 professional bouts and has 10 wins via knockout. He won the WBO belt in his 10th bout and after defeating Krzysztof Głowacki in 2016. Usyk has defended the title twice and is coming off a decision win over Michael Hunter last April.
Marco Huck is the second longest reigning cruiserweight title of all-time, making 13 defenses of the WBO title from 2009-2015 before losing it to Glowacki. Huck is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to WBC champion Mairis Briedis and is looking to win another world title. He faces a daunting task against the formidable Ukrainian.
Odds and Prediction
Usyk is a heavy -3500 favorite to defeat Huck who is currently at +1200 at Bovada. As far as names are concerned, this sounds like a marquee match-up. This is boxing though and Usyk has so many advantages against his opponent. Usyk is younger and bigger than Huck. He also has better movement and more punching power. He may also be too quick for the slow German.
Usyk and Huck have a common opponent in Krzysztof Glowacki. Glowacki knocked out Huck in 11 rounds while Usyk simply toyed around and gave him a boxing lesson for 12 rounds. Huck has let many of his opponents dictate the pace of the fight and has struggled against southpaws throughout his career. He has the home court advantage but it’s not going to be enough.
Oleksandr Usyk is going to remain unbeaten. We’re picking Usyk to defeat Marco Huck by a wide decision.