Marco Huck to face Mirko Larghetti on March 29
Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck will make the 13th defense of his WBO belt against unbeaten Mirko Larghetti on March 29 in Berlin, Sauerland Events announced on Wednesday.
Huck (37-2-1, 26 knockouts) was last in the ring in January, when he twice dropped Firat Arslan on the way to a sixth-round stoppage in a rematch of Huck’s unanimous-decision victory in 2012.
Huck-Larghetti is replacing RING and IBF Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez against Pawel Kolodziej, which was postponed after Hernandez pulled out due to issues with gastritis stemming from a mid-January viral infection.
"I was on holidays in Dubai when I was asked about the possibility to fill in for my teammate, Hernandez," said Huck, 29. "It will be a real cracker against Larghetti, who will suffer his first defeat against me."
Huck can establish a cruiserweight record for consecutive defenses with a win in May, having earned his belt with a unanimous decision over Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009.
The current record holder is ex-WBO titleholder Johnny Nelson, who won the belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Carl Thompson in March 1999 and defended it 12 times, retiring after a split-decision win over Vincenzo Cantatore in 2005.
Huck did lose a disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin in February of 2012, though that fight took place at heavyweight.
Larghetti, 31, is 20-0 with 12 knockouts, having last been in the ring on for a unanimous decision over Stjepan Vugdelija in November.
"I will shock Huck in front of his fans and rip the title away from him," said Larghetti, of Italy.