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Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17

Huck vs. Usyk

Boxing: Saturday, September 9, 2017 (Max Schmeling Halle)

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Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck fight Saturday for the WBO World cruiserweight title at the Max Schmeling Halle in the World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Michael Hunter. Usyk will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for the third time. Usyk is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’3” and has a 78 inch reach. Usyk is most known for his punching power and hard shots to the body, but the movement for a guy this big is what separates himself from the rest of the guys within the division. Usyk moves well with his punches and bobs and weaves counters that allow him to be even more effective with his combinations. Of course, Usyk’s variety of punches along with his overwhelming pop is tough to deal with, as he hits like a heavyweight despite two of his last there bouts ending in decision. Usyk has just 83 professional rounds under his belt. This will be Usyk’s second fight in Germany. 

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17

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Marco Huck enters this fight with a 40-4-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Huck has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a April loss to Mairis Briedis. Huck has lost two of his last four fights but has never lost back-to-back bouts in his career. Huck is a 32-year-old ho stands at 6’2”, has a 77 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Huck has good footwork and good defense that makes him tough to hit despite him being knocked out twice in his career. Huck doesn’t have the punching power you’d expect from a guy his size, but he has stopped four of his last eight opponents and can be frustrating due to his dirty tactics at times. Huck has been docked points throughout his career for headbutts, late punches, etc, and that can get in the head of his opponent if he’s not careful. Huck isn’t the most talented boxer in the world, but he simply finds a way to win. Huck has fought most of his career in Germany, his residence. 

This is going to be a tough fight for Huck despite him having the home field advantage, as he’s allowed many of his recent opponents to dictate the pace of the fight and has struggled with southpaws throughout his career. Usyk is the bigger fighter, has a clear advantage in punching power and has the movement that will make life even tougher for the slower Huck. Also, there’s a common opponent between these two in Krzysztof Glowacki. Usyk gave him a boxing lesson for 12 rounds while Huck was knocked out in 11 rounds. This is a cool fight as far as names are concerned, but it’s a bout Usyk should win rather easily.

Usyk remains undefeated.

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