Mairis Briedis vs. Marco Huck Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/1/17
Huck vs. Briedis
Boxing: Saturday, April 1, 2017 (Westfalenhallen)
The Line: Briedis -225 / Huck +175 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Mairis Briedis and Marco Huck fight Saturday at the Westfalenhallen for the WBC interim cruiserweight title.
Mairis Briedis enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Briedis’ fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off an October win over Simon Vallily. Briedis is out to prove he’s arguably the best cruiserweight in the world when he takes on the biggest challenge of his career that dates back to 2009. Briedis is one of the more powerful boxers in this division at 6’1” with an 80 inch reach and his last seven fights have ended in the ninth round or earlier. Briedis’ 2014 victory over Ismail Abdoul was the last time he saw a decision. Briedis has the obvious power, but he must come to box if he’s going to win this fight, as he can’t rely simply on landing that one haymaker against this quality opponent. This will be Briedis’ fifth fight in Germany.
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Marco Huck enters this fight with a 40-3-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Huck has won six of his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Dmytro Kucher. Huck has bounced back nicely from his 2015 loss to Krzysztof Glowacki and has a chance to also throw his name into the hat as the best cruiserweight with a victory here. Huck has a reputation of being a busy fighter who is going to bring the fight to his opponent and is going to be the aggressor at all costs. Huck may not be the most talented boxer in the world from an overall skillset, but his heart and workrate makes him tough to beat in the ring. However, Huck has been knocked out twice and that’s kind of a concern going up against such a power puncher in this bout. Huck has fought most of his career in Germany, his residence.
This is a very interesting fight and a case could be made for either guy. You know what you’re getting with Huck, as he’s a fighter who comes to fight and has far more experience in these type of bouts. Huck will also be the heavy crowd favorite. On the flipside, Briedis is probably the better boxer in terms of skill and has punching power that can’t be matched. Briedis has also won fights against guys in their backyard, as he beat Simon Vallily in England, Emre Altintas in Germany and Jonathan Felton in the United States. This isn't the first rodeo for Briedis at all.
This is a complete toss-up in my eyes, but I’m leaning more towards Huck and the plus money. Huck has far more experience in these type of fights and I know I’m going to get the aggressor who is going to bring the fight to his opponent. This will be a fight that keeps Briedis on his toes and he could crack for the first time.
I like the value here.