FIGHT LOCATION & DATE:
Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle/Westphalia, Germany: August 30
Huck VS. Larghetti PREVIEW
“I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti”.
Let’s just say that there is no love lost between these two fighters. Originally scheduled for March 29th, this fight was pushed back after Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) broke his thumb during training. Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) wasn’t happy about the pushback, and even said so publicly: I was ready back then and I am even more ready now…Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.”
I think Larghetti is forgetting that he’s the underdog here, and considering that this is his first professional fight outside of Italy, he should be grateful that he’s getting a crack at Huck, who has defended his WBO Cruiserweight belt successfully 12 times in a row, with the last fight being a bruising takedown of Firat Arslan.
Marco Huck Profile
Huck is only 29 years old, and has 37 victories which includes 12 defenses. Impressive numbers for a boxer who is not really considered a star yet. One thing holding back Huck from stardom was his missed opportunity against Alexander Povetkin, for the WBA heavyweight belt. That’s not to say it was a bad fight; Huck actually looked good against Povetkin, and as the fight wore on, he kept a consistent right hand going which seemed to make up for his slow start. Huck’s jabs are nothing to scoff at, and the power he packs in them nearly knocked out Povetkin, a heavyweight. Back in the cruiserweight division, I think Huck is just too much to handle. The question is, how will he deal with the unknown Larghetti?
Mirko Larghetti Profile
Larghetti, as Huck reminded us, is getting his first shot at a title: “This will be Larghetti’s first and last world title fight. When I am done with him he will wish not ever having shared the ring with me.”
The question is, who is Larghetti, and does the world beyond Italy know if his skills can carry over? I’ve always maintained a skeptical eye on boxers who emerge from nowhere with glistening undefeated records. That was until the unknown, undefeated Chris Algieri outlasted Ruslan Provodnikov, and as a result will get a once in a lifetime shot at Manny Pacquiáo. That is why I and many other critics will have to give Larghetti a serious look.
Larghetti’s most recent fight was a quick one: he knocked down Attila Palko twice in round 2. But looking at his overall history shows mostly 6 round fights. Can he last 12 rounds with a bruiser like Huck? I really don’t think so.
huck vs larghetti PREDICTION
Even though I was hesitant to dismiss a no-name, undefeated fighter such as Larghetti, I really don’t think he stands a chance here. And considering that the current record for title defenses is Johnny Nelson’s 13 defenses from 1999-2005, I realize that Huck is going for that record. Having said that, it becomes increasingly clear that Larghetti is simply a body to be knocked down in order for Huck to take the record. I’m not saying that Huck doesn’t deserve the record, but let’s not be fooled by the undefeated Mirko Larghetti.
He might start off slow, but Huck will knock out Larghetti in round 5.
Huck Larghetti Recap
The fight is over, and the results are in: Marco Huck defeated Mirko Larghetti in what may or may not have been a knockout in the closing seconds. Huck started off strong, Larghetti bounced back in the middle rounds, but overall Huck was the clear victor. He seemed to have knocked down Larghetti at the end of the 12th, but it may have been after the bell. Officially, the fight finished without a knockout, and went to the scorecard, and Huck scored 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110. He now retains the WBO Cruiserweight belt.
More importantly, Huck has tied Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 consecutive title defenses. Interestingly enough, Nelson was in attendance, and didn’t seem to enjoy the fight, and was seen shaking his head in disgust as the fight finished. I’m guessing he was shaking his head at the whole idea of fighting Larghetti, someone who wasn’t considered to be much of a threat. Nelson even claimed that at age 47, and having been retired since 2005, he himself could beat Huck, if given 6 months of training. I doubt that Nelson would actually go through with that threat, but that would certainly be something fascinating – Huck having to go through the grizzled Nelson in order to capture his record of 13 consecutive title defenses.