Latvian cruiserweight, Mairis Briedis, outboxed Marco Huck to claim the vacant WBC and IBO cruiserweight titles via unanimous decision at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany.
At the end of the contest, the judges at ringside scored the bout 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109.
Briedis started the contest well, working from a distance and establishing the jab.
In the early rounds, Huck tried to turn the fight into a scrappy affair but found only limited success.
The jab of Briedis was indeed a formidable tool in this contest and caused Huck all manner of problems.
In the fifth Huck was buzzed by Briedis and it was at this point Huck started to put his foot on the gas.
In the following rounds, having increased his work rate, Huck found success roughing up Briedis on the inside.However, the success was once again short lived.
Late in the seventh, Huck was rocked by vicious right hand and the momentum he had built faded somewhat.
The highlight of the eighth also came late in the round when Briedis forced Huck in the corner and started to unload.
In the ninth, Huck once again launched a counter offensive – landing powerful punches and outworking Briedis. Sadly for Huck, his success would be short-lived once again.
Moving into the tenth any momentum Huck had salvaged in the ninth was nullified.
As we entered the championship rounds, the fight became the scrappy affair that Huck desired in the rounds, but neither fighter got the upper hand.
In the final round of the bout, Huck found some early success but was quickly repelled and very nearly found himself the canvas.