Tomorrow, Marco Captain Huck will defend his WBO cruiserweight title in Halle, Germany. The Serbian-born Berlin resident is looking to tie Johnny Nelson’s record of 13 successful title defenses. His challenger will be Italian Mirk Larghettio . The 31-year old Italian is holding a perfect record of 21 victories and no losses, with 13 knockouts.
Marco Huck is coming off a tough string of fights. The fan favorite’s last five opponents were Alexander Povetkin and both Firat Arslan and Ola Afolabi twice. Apart from the second Arslan fight, that ended in a sixth round stoppage win for Marco Huck, all of these fights were close and hard fought decisions. In which Marco Huck went 2-1-1.
His upcoming fight however is not expected to be all that tough.
While Mirko Larghetti’s record looks impressive, his level of opposition is far from spectacular. His best win is an eight round TKO stoppage over Vincenzo Rossitto, former knockout victim of David Haye and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Larghetti likes to work off his jab. His jab is not fast, but it does have power, enough power to keep his opponent honest. But Marco Huck has seen and overcome better and stronger jabs before, like that of Firat Arslan.
Larghetti’s defense isn’t spectacular either. He tends to keep his hands down and tries to rely on both foot and body movement, but his movement is not fast enough to avoid his opponents attacks and because his jab is not fast enough, it leaves Larghetti open to be countered. I expect Marco Huck to capitalize on the defensive flaws of the Italian and predict a stoppage win for the 29-year old champion in the early rounds.