By Jake Donovan
Every once in a while, there comes some good from having multiple titlists in a weight class. Case in point—the show will go on in Berlin on March 29, only with a different cruiserweight champ than the one that was previously advertised.
Marco Huck has answered the call to top the bill at the Velodrome in Berlin, as he will attempt his 13th title defense versus unbeaten Mirko Larghetti. The bout comes on the heels of lineal cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez being forced to withdraw from a planned title defense versus Pawel Kolodjiez due to injury, with their title fight originally scheduled to headline.
Huck (37-2-1, 26KO) is coming off of a 6th round knockout of Firat Arslan in their rematch just six weeks ago. The long-reigning titlist was mentally checked out from boxing for the moment, believing he was set to return May 3 .
Instead, the request came to step up to the plate to help save the show.
"I was on holidays in Dubai when I was asked about the possibility to fill in for my teammate Hernandez," Huck said of accepting the fight.
The two-month gap between fights serves as Huck's quickest turnaround since 2010, early into his cruiserweight title reign. Both fights were title defenses, scoring knockouts over Brian Minto and Adam 'Swamp Donkey' Richards just six weeks apart .
Never in a dull fight, Huck guarantees more action to come in his upcoming title defense–and also that his reign continue once the night is over.
"It will be a real cracker against Larghetti, who will suffer his first defeat against me," Huck promises.
Larghetti (20-0, 12KO) has a different perspective of the fight, which serves as his first title shot and also first fight outside of his native Italy.
"I will shock Huck in front of his fans and rip the title away from him," promises the 31-year old challenger.
A win–or really any other verdict than a loss–will give Huck his 13th title defense, which will tie a division record currently held by Johnny Nelson, whose reigned extended from 1995 to 2005.
Tickets are available at www.eventim.de . All previously purchased tickets for the boxing event at the Velodrom Berlin on March 29 remain valid.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox