The unification fight for the belts of the IBO and WBC became feasible due to the transition of the actual WBC-World Champion Tony Bellew from the Cruiserweight to the Heavyweight division; where the English Tony Bellew will fight his fellow countryman David Haye on March, 4th in London. Since Tony Bellew is not available to defend his title due to the division change, the WBC called for the Championship fight between the WBC-ranked 1st Mairis Briedis and Marco Huck, who is ranked 2nd by the WBC. Just like Bellew, the winner of this fight will be listed as World Champion by the WBC with the commitment that both champions have to fight the title out in a decisive match. If Bellew decides to stay in the heavyweight division or to not fight against the winner of Briedis-Huck, the winner of Briedis-Huck would become the unanimous world champion of the WBC.
Marco Huck (32) has got a record of 44 professional fights, out of which 40 times he came out as the winner (27 K.o., 3 losses, 1 draw). On November 19th 2016 he defended his IBO-title by an unanimous decision of the judges against the Ukrainian Dmytro Kutscher – even though he suffered a fracture of the right middle hand bones. As the doctors gave Huck green light in the past week he is in rehabilitation training at the moment.
„I am a professional boxer for 12 years now and I am waiting a long time for the opportunity to get a unification fight“, says Huck. „I am very excited that this is finally happening and that I am even able to fight for the prestigious WBC-title, in which my beloved idol Muhammad Ali has been world champion in. This is great for me. Mairis Briedis is still undefeated and has the reputation of being a very unpleasant opponent with a very hard punch. I prefer opponents of this caliber, for the bigger the challenge, the better I perform. I will be preparing myself very intense and conscientious, because if I do my homework well, a fight is usually decided in my favor before it gets even started.“
Mairis Briedis (32) is unbeaten in 21 professional boxing fights. At the same time the Latvian ended 18 of his fights early, which shows an impressive K.O. rate of 86%. In August 2015 Briedis also knocked out the "Koloss von Köln" Manuel Charr in Grosny. In his last professional boxing bout on October 15th in 2016 he won in Liverpool against the British Simon Vallily by TKO in the 3rd round. „I am incredibly happy about the upcoming fight against Marco Huck. He is a true Cruiserweight legend and already has shown a lot of incredible fights. Well, in the next fight however we will fight for the WBC-Title which means for both of us: all or nothing! I will regard the fight as a one-time chance in order to be ready for April 1st so I can show my full potential. I know, that Marco will also give his best. Therefore the better man may win!“
The WBC is regarded as the biggest association in boxing, the green-golden belt is viewed as the most prestigious amongst the fighters. The last WBC-World-Champion, who regularly had his world-championship fights in Germany, was Vitali Klitschko.