Oleksandr Usyk vs Marco Huck

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Marco Huck
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Date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: 
Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
200
Titles at Stake: 
WBO World cruiserweight title
Referee: 
Robert Byrd

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Fan Cards: Oleksandr Usyk vs Marco Huck


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


scorecard by KUBALA1122331
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
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4
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Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
89
MARCO HUCK
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
81


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
OLEKSANDR USYK
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
MARCO HUCK
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
9
80


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I like this match up, should be interesting to watch, a test for one fighter, an opportunity for another.

I think Oleksandre Usyk is a top 15 fighter, he was a phenomenal amateur, got some exceptional skills, he's strong, athletic, dangerous, defensive, disciplined, and he has made a fantastic start to his professional boxing career. At 12-0, Usyk is inexperienced in the professional game, 12 fights is enough for fighter of the calibre of Usyk to gain the experience he needs to be great, it isn't many, not enough for him to be at his best I don't think, and it is certainly a fair few less than ideal for a fighter of his level, but with his skills, amateur experience, I think this Eastern European athlete is and will continue to be a rapid learner. Usyk became more well known when he faced, then world champion, Krzysztof Glowacki, a Polish warrior who had just gotten off the canvas, come from behind to stop Marco Huck for the WBO title. In September 2016, Usyk travelled to Poland to fight the champion (who at the time had a fantastic record of 26-0, while Usyk's was 9-0), and impressed big time, scoring a very wide unanimous decision victory over the champion, to take his belt, and become the champion himself. Since his fantastic victory, Usyk has defeated African challenger, Thabiso Mchunu, and previously undefeated Las Vegas based contender, Michael Hunter, Usyk impressed with these performances, especially against Mchunu. I see Usyk as a giant Vasyl Lomachenko, I don't think he's as great as fighter as Lomachenko, but I think he has the same style, has a lot in common with him, both Ukrainians, both very awkward southpaws, both with phenomenal amateur experience behind them, both having had exceptional amateur careers, both turning professional (whilst not too late to have great professional careers) relatively late, both having been very successful as professional fighters over past couple of years, I think their world titles express this. I think this is a great match up for Usyk, it is a high profile fight, he's fighting a big name, it isn't a super fight, he will almost certainly be involved in bigger fights in the future, but it is a good test for the Ukrainian.

Marco Huck should be recognised as a former, if not super champion, something close to that, because this German based Serbian warrior, is not only a former world champion, but he has competed in 20 world title fights in his career, after he defeated Victor Emilio Ramirez, in 2009, to win the WBO title, he defended that title, 14 times, and lost that title, not until 2015, when he was brutally stopped in a tough fight he was winning on the scorecards. Huck has lost, only ever to a very high level of opposition, he was stopped by Steve Cunningham when he fought for a world title for the first time, failing in his attempt to win the IBF title back in 2007. Huck finished second best in a fantastic, competitive, close 12 round battle against Alexander Povetkin, as well as having lost his title in 2015, and most recently, being defeated with a wide decision against unbeaten Latvian puncher, Mairis Briedis, bar these four, Huck has never been defeated, and he himself has handed defeats to respectable fighters, he had a fantastic, fan friendly quadruple header against California based African/British warrior, Ola Afolabi, battling to a draw, but also beating Afolabi 3-0. Huck has defeated Denis Lebedev, Dmyrto Kucher, Mirko Larghetti. I think Huck dominated at a time in which the cruiserweight division was not at it's most competitive, and you could say he isn't as good fighter as his outright accomplishments suggest, but Huck, losing only to great fighters, and confirming himself as a fantastic boxer by defending his world title successfully so many times, competitive era, or not. I think Huck, at 32, having had 45 fights, having been a professional since 2004, having had a gruelling career, after being in many difficult fights, Huck could be declining, although I wouldn't be surprised if we were to see a still fresh, prime Marco Huck in this fight, in all fairness, Huck is 32, still under 34, the age when I think fighters often start to decline noticeably, and Huck did box well against tough, unbeaten Kucher, as well as stopping, dominating Afolabi, after the first 3 fights all being very competitive, and these two solid wins came after the beating he took from Glowacki, before his defeat to Briedis, but I believe Huck could still have a few big fights before he is over the hill. For Huck, this is a great opportunity, a great fight for him to be in.

I think Oleksandre Usyk will win this fight, and dominate throughout, I think Huck is young enough, and durable enough to last the full 12 rounds, but I don't think he will be in this fight. I think Usyk will box well within himself in the first few rounds, he'll put nice combinations together, show accuracy, prove too slick for his opponent, and I think he'll out box Huck comfortably, making the Serbian miss narrowly. I think Usyk will appear to increase his work rate in rounds 4-6, maybe step behind the punches a bit, attack the body as well, and Huck will appear too be gun shy, he'll reduce his punch output, and look to be a man who is being dominated, winning nothing, and starting to get beaten up. I think Huck will know he needs to change something, and he'll step on the gas, try to take the to Usyk in the second half, but I can see Usyk being more than happy for him to walk into counter, after counter, and Usyk will continue to punish the former champion. I think Huck will run out of steam after round 9, and Usyk will continue to land hurtful punches, looking to close the show, and not looking too far away from that as he pounds away at the body, thumps Huck with hooks and uppercuts upstairs too. I can see Huck begging his corner to let him go out on his shield although pulling him out of the fight after 10 rounds will seem like compassionate, wise move, but they will let him continue. I think Usyk will have put a lot into the 10th round, so he will maybe step back, reduce his punch output slightly, and I can see Huck sensing this early in the round, ploughing forward with desperation, and unloading a massive spurt of punches as he manages to get Usyk on the ropes, but most of this won't land, and he won't hurt Usyk although the German fans will get on their feet for the first time in the fight as their man tries to rally for his career, I think Usyk may take a couple of mid round punches from Huck, in a round which some will be desperately trying to give to a shutout Huck, but he'll absorb them with no trouble, and in the last half of the round, though not at such a high tempo, Usyk will catch Huck with counters, and go on the attack again, with an exhausted Huck trying to produce a flurry, but being made to miss as Usyk continues to make him miss, and pay, I think Usyk will make Huck miss with a few wild swings which he easily evades, whilst countering with vicious uppercuts, before taking it up a gear in the last 30-45 seconds, digging down at the body with solid shots to fatigue Huck even more, and pushing him back towards the ropes. I think Huck will slump onto his stool after 11 rounds, Usyk will look relatively fresh, both corners will be encouraging their guys to go for the stoppage in the last session, with one corner far more relaxed and less concerned than the other. I think Usyk will walk Huck down, and hammer him with shot after shot, mixing it up from head to body, trying to go for the stoppage, I think Huck will be hurt, exhausted, but still able to block some of the punches, still able to move as well as trying for the life of him to respond, trying to find some big fight changing punch to save his career, but I think although he'll weather the storm, he won't find any accuracy when he finds it in him to throw some punches. I think Huck will be trying to mess Usyk around in the last 90 seconds of the fight, push him, shove him, anything to keep him off, unsettle him, but any rough house tactics will fail as Usyk over powers him, and starts to punish him again. I think Usyk will give a bleeding, battered Huck a torrid time in the last 30 seconds as he unloads a sustained beating on him on the ropes, not managing to knock him off him feet, but dominating the closing stages of the fight, finishing very strong indeed. I think Usyk will win a unanimous decision (115-113, 119-109, 120-108).

If Oleksandre Usyk wins this fight, and wins it the way I think he will, then it will be fantastic for him, it will be 12 rounds of experience, against a veteran, who is no joke, a great fighter who I'm sure he has a lot of respect for, it will build his reputation up more, set up opportunities for the future. It would be a statement from Usyk if he was to stop Huck, I wouldn't be shocked if he managed to, I think he will press hard for the stoppage in the late rounds, finding a great balance between not forcing the stoppage when it probably won't come, and taking any opportunity to hurt Huck, and really capitalising if he does hurt him, I predict this to go the distance because I think Huck is still young enough, fresh enough that his punch resistance is still good enough to withstand Usyk's punishment for 12 rounds, and stay on his feet, I think Huck is very durable, and that is good for Usyk, he needs experience in fighting opponents who don't lay down, but have to be forced down, over the course of 12 rounds, as preparation for the bigger fights he will be in, or I hope we see him in big fights. I would be very surprised if Usyk was to lose this fight, it would be very disappointing for him if he was to lose, with him having so much potential, being 30, in his prime, but not having time to spare, it would be hard for him to bounce back from a loss, it would be a real shame, because he isn't a promoter's dream fighter, not a big name, so he isn't the kind of marketable fighter who could get another opportunity, quickly, he would be in a but of a hurry to get a few more wins under his belt, and then have another fight of this level. I think although it isn't so much about his reputation, Usyk does have a massive amount to lose here, I think reputation wise, it is more that he has a lot to gain from this fight, or not to gain from it, but this is a fight in which so much is at steak for the Ukrainian, this is a fight he needs to win, and impressing is important, I highly doubt he'll lose, in fact, I highly doubt he won't dominate Marco Huck from first bell to last. If Usyk wins this fight, does fantastic, makes a statement, then he passes this stage of the tournament, but also, raises his profile, gain some fans. I'm not up to date with where the current tournament stands, who the winner of this fight could/will next, but I believe, at cruiserweight, Usyk vs Briedis is the best match up, and really Briedis is the only fighter who can challenge Usyk, I think that would be a great fight, I think Usyk would win that fight, and not via split or majority decision. Usyk is a big cruiserweight, he's 6'3, his reach is long, I know he has shown interest in moving up in weight and fighting Anthony Joshua, I would love to see that fight, Usyk would be the underdog, it is easy to see why, he would be fighting a far, far bigger, stronger fighter, with plenty of youth, speed, power, and talent, but I believe at this point in time, Usyk would have just a little bit too much skill for Joshua, and the Ukrainian would pull out the upset, but although this is not necessarily a bad thing because he is already good enough to be a top 15 fighter in my opinion, I think at 30, Usyk might be just about as good as he is going to get, he might marginally improve over the next couple of years, but I think he is almost as good if not as good as he will ever be, whereas Joshua, 3 years younger, still learning himself although having gained great experience against Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year, I think Joshua will not stop getting better until 2020, he is still getting better each fight he has, so I think as time goes on, Usyk's chances of beating Joshua in an unlikely but not impossible world title fighters, are getting slimmer, and if Usyk is to somehow get himself into that fight, he will have to get a move on, but what a fight that would be. I believe, currently, the only fighter above 175 who would beat Usyk is Deontay Wilder, the only fighters above 160 who would beat him are Deontay Wilder, and Andre Ward. I hope Usyk does show the boxing world how good a fighter he is, win this fight, and then move onto tougher challenges, I think if it goes well for him, he can be almost as big a star as his friend and fellow Ukrainian Olympian, Vasyl Lomachenko.

I think Marco Huck might well see this as a fight he needs to win to save his career, that may seem harsh, he is not fighting an opponent in which there is shame at all in losing to, and Huck is still in his early thirties, so he may have big fights, a lot of capabilities in the ring for even a few more years after this fight win or lose, but I'm not so sure, I think especially if he takes a beating in this fight, which I think he will, it will take a lot out of him. This could be seen as a 'must win' for Huck, because there is so much at steak for him as well as his opponent, but I'm sure a lot of neutrals will see it that way, it is certainly a fight in which he has a lot to gain though, although I think it is very unlikely, if he was to get the win here, everyone would be extremely impressed, and there would be a lot for him to gain in victory. Huck has had a great career, he's done very well, he was a world champion for a while, so he already has respect from everybody, and I think the main thing in this fight is that he goes out there, and takes his shot, tries his absolute best, if he does that, he will have nothing to be ashamed of at all, and I think he will. The thing about Marco Huck here, is that he won't mentally crumble under the pressure, he has been there, seen it, done it, many times, he knows this sport very, very well indeed, I think, also, especially early, he won't be making many mistakes, when he comes second best, it will simply be because he is in the ring against the better fighter. Huck, though some may remember his two quite recent, one sided losses, one of them by brutal stoppage, and say "he's done, he's got nothing left, shot fighter, sorry to say it, but it's true", is still under 34, he might not be young relative to a lot of fighters his age, but age is what it is, and it is always a factor in boxing, so Huck may well still have a couple of good years left, he has had a gruelling career, a long one, but he isn't a Mexican type fighter who turned professional at 16 or even younger, and has lost 10, taken many, brutal, brutal beatings, and he has been dominant through much of his career, he looked great against Afolabi in that fourth meeting, Kucher is no joke, and Glowacki and Briedis, they are quality, quality fighters, it isn't like Huck got drilled by 2 opponents who have atom sized chances of ever coming close to achieving what Huck achieved when he became a world champion, and defended his belt many times, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see a tough, prepared Marco Huck doing a good job of soaking up punishment, just coming off second best in a one sided fight, but still able to try, never let the fight become too easy, rather than proving to be a shot fighter who can't be anywhere near as good as he once was, and makes us sad to see him in the ring, and there is a big difference there, but if it is the end for Huck after this fight, I think he can step away from being a boxer, darn proud of what he has achieved in this sport.

rorschach's picture

Have been eagerly awaiting this one since Usyk picked Huck in the World Boxing Super Series draft gala! I was starting to get worried because the fight is less than 2 weeks out, and there has still been no announcment for U.S. or U.K. TV deals to air this fight or any of the other fights in the tourneys. I Tweeted the WBSS and expressed my concern that I really did not want to miss this fight or any of the others in either weight class, and they replied and said more announcements to come soon after they tweeted that the German TV deal was in place. So I have hope that at we should be able to view these fights in English.

This is going to be a great fight, while Huck might be a tad past his best days he has been the top dog or close to the top dog in a always talented if little appreciated Crusierweight division for almost a decade now. He is going to give it his all and will give Usyk plenty to deal with in what should be a spirited battle by both men. Ultimately I think Usyk will just be too skilled and have a little more in the tank to take command of the fight by the second third of the fight, and probably stop Huck in round 10. But I expect a real exciting affair and cards that more than likely read (if scored fairly it is in Germany so Huck's the hometown hero) 87-84 all around at the time of the stoppage. Should be a great fight, and no better way to kick off one of the most stacked tournament brackets we will ever witness!

That's a legitimate concern of mine is the scoring. He could get a raw deal by the judges.

rorschach's picture

I'm pulling for Usyk and I would have to agree with you Mike, being in Germany if Huck can make it to the final bell, and legit win 3 or 4 rounds I worry the judges could give it to the popular home fighter in Huck. When in reality he doesn't have much chance if any to win a deserved decision against Usyk.

Same here, I'm pulling for Usyk but the judges might give it to Huck if it's somewhat close. Demetrius Andrade clearly won and the judges gave him only a split decision. I like the idea of this tournament, the cruiserweight division is so underrated. That Dorticos vs Kudryashov fight should be a good fight to.

rorschach's picture

Oh that's going to be boxing porn! Both men are power punchers to the extreme, it's going to be a slobberknocker while it lasts.

I think the Dorticos fight can steal the show for the first round. Very underrated fights, I think both guys have above a 90 percent ko ratio.

rorschach's picture

The only fight Kudryashov hasn't got a KO in is his only loss, which he avenged in his last fight.

Champion97's picture

Ultimately I think Usyk will just be too skilled and have a little more in the tank to take command of the fight by the second third of the fight, and probably stop Huck in round 10.

Genius!

rorschach's picture

All the WBSS fights from both brackets will be shown throughout ITV's (out of the UK) platforms. Great news for UK fans, and I have ways to watch any of the ITV channels myself here in the US. Good news not a moment too soon, 4 days from this fight!

What are the itv channels in the US?

rorschach's picture

There are known as far as I know.

Usyk had absolutely no respect for Huck. I feel like he probably could have finished the fight earlier but regardless he provided a great display of movement, combination punching, and stamina for a big man like Usyk.

rorschach's picture

I called a 10th round stoppage right here.