Marco Huck

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Marco Huck
Marco Huck 2008.jpg
Huck in 2008
Real nameMuamer Hukić
Nickname(s)Käpt'n ("Captain")
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach195 cm (77 in)
Born (1984-11-11) 11 November 1984 (age 36)
Ugao, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins by KO28
No contests1

Muamer Hukić (born 11 November 1984), best known as Marco Huck, is a German professional boxer. [1] He held the WBO cruiserweight title from 2009 to 2015, and is the joint-longest reigning cruiserweight world champion of all time, having made thirteen consecutive successful defenses, a division record shared with Johnny Nelson. Huck also held the IBO cruiserweight title from 2016 to 2017, the European cruiserweight title from 2008 to 2009, and has challenged once for the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title in 2012.


Early life

Hukić is an ethnic Bosniak, born in Serbia, who moved to Germany with his family when he was eight years old, and has since become a naturalized citizen. [2] [3]

Kickboxing career

Huck started Taekwondo and Kickboxing at the age of ten. As an amateur kickboxer, he won a gold medal at the W.A.K.O European championships in 2002 and 2003.

Kickboxing highlights

Amateur Kickboxing

Professional boxing career


Early career

Huck decided to switch to boxing, having participated in the sport since he was 15. [4]

Huck has notable victories over opponents such as Michael Simms, Claudio Rîşco, Pietro Aurino and Vadim Tokarev. Before challenging for his first world title, Huck gained a record of 19 wins with no losses.

Huck vs. Cunningham

Huck challenged Steve Cunningham on 29 December 2007 for his first world title, the IBF Cruiserweight title. After eleven hard fought and exhausting rounds, the twelfth begun; Cunningham was landing hard shots as Huck kept moving forward. Following a rough clinch between the two, Cunningham landed a vicious straight right counter, the fighters clinched and Huck fell. Once he was back on his feet, Huck walked back against the ropes signalling that the shot had hurt him and Cunningham went straight in for the attack. For the remainder of the round, Cunningham chased his German counterpart across the ring hitting him with a barrage of hard shots which ended when Huck's corner threw in the towel and ended the beating. [5]

European champion

Huck won the EBU (European) cruiserweight title in September 2008 after defeating Jean Marc Monrose via a 12th round stoppage win. [6] Huck made three successful defences defeating Fabio Tuiach, Geoffrey Battelo and Vitaliy Rusal, with all coming inside the distance.

Huck vs. Ramirez

On 29 August 2009, Huck challenged Argentine boxer Victor Emilio Ramirez for his WBO cruiserweight title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. On fight night, Huck went the 12 round distance and claimed the WBO title on unanimous decision. The judges score it 116–111, 116–111, and 115–112 in favour of Huck. [7]

Title defences

Huck went on to make 8 successful defenses of the title from December 2009 up until October 2011. Notable opponents he defeated included unanimous decisions over Ran Nakash and Ola Afolabi, the latter who he went on to fight a further three times, TKO wins over Matt Godfrey and Brian Minto and a split decision win over future unified world champion Denis Lebedev.


Huck vs. Povetkin

After a string of defenses, Huck challenged Alexander Povetkin for the WBA heavyweight title. In December 2011, a deal was reached for Povetkin to make his second defence against Huck on 25 February 2012 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. Huck made the challenge in the post fight press conference of Povetkin's win over Cedric Boswell. It was noted that Huck would not vacate his WBO title, until after the fight, where he would assess the situation. [8] Huck stated if he was to win the title, he would likely remain at heavyweight to challenge one of the Klitschko brothers, but would be given 10 days by the WBO to decide. [9] [10] Huck reached out to David Haye and Evander Holyfield to help with sparring. [11] In January 2012, the promoters of Huck, Povetkin and Rahman attended a meeting where they discussed the winner of Povetkin vs. Huck would defend the WBA title against Rahman next. [12] During this time, trainer Teddy Atlas failed to travel to Russia and announced he had parted ways with Povetkin. Russian trainer Alexander Zimin stepped in on short notice. [13] [14] For his debut at heavyweight, Huck weighed 209.4 pounds and Povetkin weighed 229.2 pounds. [15]

Povetkin won the fight via majority decision. The fight proved to be a tough test for Povetkin. One judge scored the fight a 114–114 draw, wioth the remaining two judges scoring the fight 116–113 and 116–112 in favour of Povetkin. All three ringside announcers from EPIX scored the fight in favour of Huck. Chisora and Dimitrenko, who were sat ringside, scored the fight a draw. Arthur Abraham and Tomasz Adamek scored the fight clearly for Huck. [16] [17] The opening round started off slow however Povetkin started taking over the fight landing body shots and using his straight rights. In round 4, Huck began to let his hands go and found his range, even rocking Povetkin. Huck controlled the championship rounds as Povetkin began to show signs of fatigue. Huck came close to dropping Povetkin in the final round. [18] [19] After the fight, Povetkin admitted, "I underestimated him. Perhaps I didn't take this fight seriously enough." Huck said, "A lot of people who saw this fight see me as the winner." It was reported that Huck had injured his right between rounds 6 and 7. The verdict was met with boos around the arena. [20] [21] [22]

Return to cruiserweight

Huck vs. Afolabi II

After failing to capture a heavyweight title, Huck returned to the cruiserweight division. Huck made a ninth successful defence on 5 May 2012 at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany against Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs), a rematch to their first match which took place in 2009. The match ended in a majority draw as judge Ingo Barrabas and Paul Thomas had it 114–114 and Zoltan Enyedi scored it 115–113 in Huck's favour. [23]

Huck vs. Arslan

Huck next defended his title against German boxer Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen on 3 November. [24] Huck defeated Arslan via 12 round unanimous decision, after the scores of 115–113, 115–113, and 117–111. Many fans and pundits ringside felt as though Arslan had done enough to win. Arslan's coach Dieter Wittmann commented, "This fight was the biggest scam that I've ever seen. It's a disgrace." [25]

Huck vs. Afolabi III

Following the controversial ending were Huck defeated Arslan, the WBO made Ola Afolabi as the new mandatory challenger for Huck's WBO title. The fight took place at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin on 8 June 2013. Afolabi had not fought in 13 months, last fighting in the majority draw with Huck in May 2012. The fight went the full 12 round distance with Huck claiming the majority decision thus successfully retaining the title an 11th time. The judges score the fight 117–111, 115–113, and 114–114. Huck gathered an early lead in the fight winning at least 5 of the first 7 rounds, before Afolabi started getting into the fight. [26]

Huck vs. Arslan II

On 25 January 2014, Huck made a defence fighting Firat Arslan for a second time at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. Huck scored his 26th stoppage victory after he stopped Arslan in round 6. Arslan started off the fight defensively, however after a couple of rounds, Huck found his way through with power shots. Huck dropped Arslan twice in the bout. [27]

Huck matched the record for most consecutive world title defenses at cruiserweight, held by Johnny Nelson, when he successfully retained the WBO cruiserweight title against Mirko Larghetti on 30 August 2014, his thirteenth successful consecutive title defense. [28]

Huck vs. Głowacki

Huck was due to make history against undefeated Krzysztof Głowacki, as it was to be his fourteenth defense, a new record. The bout took place on 14 August 2015 in Huck's American debut at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Premier Boxing Champions. Głowacki came out extremely aggressive and was effective early, going as far as to rock Huck in the opening round. As the rounds went on, Huck took control and in the sixth, he dropped his Polish counterpart with a huge left hand, Głowacki staggered to his feet and as the ref allowed the fight to continue, Huck came in to finish and Głowacki threw back everything he had, rocking Huck in the process and keeping him from ending the bout. The fight continued, and it was becoming more and more clear that Huck was taking control, he hit Głowacki with a huge punch in the tenth but his opponent survived. Coming into the eleventh round Huck was ahead on all three scorecards, he out-boxed the now desperate Głowacki for most of the round. Until after throwing a barrage of shots, Huck moved back with his hands down and Głowacki threw a vicious left-right combination and Huck tumbled back. He got back up on rubbery legs, and as the ref allowed the bout to continue, Głowacki rushed in and threw everything at Huck while he lay on the ropes, he took two huge right hands as he dropped down against the ropes, just as the referee came in and waved off the bout. Huck lost his WBO cruiserweight title and failed to break the record. [29]

Huck vs. Afolabi IV

Huck met Afolabi for a fourth time on 27 February 27, 2016 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Germany. [30] Huck claimed Afolabi's International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title with the victory after Afolabi failed return for round 11. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight on doctor's advice due to the bad condition of Afolabi's left eye. By round seven Afolabi's left eye was swollen shut. In the Post fight interview, Afolabi stated that he would have continued to fight, but he thanked the officials for protecting him as he was unable to do so. [31]

Huck was scheduled to defend his IBO world title against British boxer Ovill McKenzie (25-12-1, 13 KO’s) at the Festhalle Arena in Frankfurt on 24 September. [32] On September 20, a week before the fight, McKenzie pulled out of the fight due to illness. It was said that McKenzie had been given medical advice from health professionals. McKenzie later retired. [33] [34]

Huck vs. Kucher

On 18 October, it was announced that Huck would be defending his IBO title against Ukrainian boxer Dmytro Kucher (24-1-1, 18 KOs) on 19 November at the TUI Arena in Hanover. Kucher, ranked number 6 by the WBC, was regarded a dangerous first defence, having only lost to world cruiserweight challenger Illunga Makabu. Kucher was coming off an impressive first round knockout off former WBO champion Enzo Maccrinelli in June, also sending him into retirement. Kucher claimed the EBU title by defeating Maccrinelli. [35] Huck retained his IBO title with a 12 round unanimous decision win over Kucher. Huck was pressured throughout the whole 12 rounds with Kucher adopting a southpaw stance and giving Huck problems. Huck hurt Kucher in the 8th round after landing a hard right hand and then attempted to finish him off, but could only throw him on the canvas. After 12 rounds, the judges scored the fight 117–111, 119–109, and 117–111. [36] [37]

Huck vs. Briedis

Due to Tony Bellew fighting David Haye instead of taking on mandatory challenger Mairis Briedis (21-0, 18 KOs), the WBC ordered a match for the interim WBC cruiserweight title between Huck and Briedis, where the winner would earn a fight with Bellew for the full WBC title or possibly elevated to full championship status if Bellew decides to vacate and stay at heavyweight. [38] Negotiations were underway with a venue in Germany being discussed with the fight taking place on 1 April 2017. [39] [40] On 18 January, Huck Sports Promotion announced the fight will take place at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund. [41] Bellew was named WBC Emeritus Champion on 28 March 2017 meaning the winner between Huck and Briedis would become full world champion. [42] Huck failed to capture the vacant WBC title and lost his IBO title in a one sided 12 round unanimous deicison loss. The first couple of rounds seemed close as there was not much action, from the third round, Briedis installed the jab and controlled the pace of the fight en route to becoming the first Latvian to win a world title. The three judges scorecards read 118–109, 117–110, and 116–111 in favour or Briedis. [43] [44] Huck confirmed he would not be retiring despite his fourth career loss. "I’m too young to stop. I’m a true warrior. We’ll get the title back," he said. [45]

World Boxing Super Series

On 27 June 2017 Huck announced that he would be participating in the World Boxing Super Series 8-man tournament which would start in September 2017. In a press release, Huck said, "I am thrilled to be joining the Champions League of Boxing. In the great history of the sport there has never been a tournament like this. Eight world-class fighters will enter the competition but just one man can prevail. I cannot wait to show the world that I am best of all those strong champions." The draw for the bracket style tournament was set to take place on 8 July 2017 in Monte Carlo. [46] [47]

Huck vs. Usyk

At the Draft Gala, Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), who was first-seeded, meaning he had the first pick of the tournament, choose to fight Huck in the quarter finals. When Usyk was asked why he chose Huck, he replied that it was because of his fans. Huck, also excited about the fight, said, "This was my wish opponent.” The fight, would be contested for Usyk's WBO cruiserweight title. [48] On July 26, it was announced that the fight would take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin on 9 September 2017. This would mark the second time Usyk would fight in Germany in his professional career, having fought their on his third professional bout in April 2014. It would also mark the first fight of the tournament. [49] [50] [51]

On 6 September, at the final presser, Huck pushed Usyk in the face-off. In regards to the shove, Huck said, “I wanted to show Usyk that he is my hometown and that he should be prepared for the battle of his life on Saturday.” Usyk, who remained professional and calm, replied, “If you want to be a great champion, you have to beat the best and Huck is one of the best. I chose to enter this tournament because it is a path to achieve my dream of unifying all the belts. There’s a prestigious trophy at stake too, the Muhammad Ali Trophy. We were born on the same day and I admire Ali because he is the biggest role model in boxing and I will thank God if I win a trophy with his name on it.” [52] As he was leaving the building, Usyk claimed he would 'bury' Huck. [53]

On fight night, Usyk used his footwork and combination punching to cruise to a TKO win. On top of his dominant performance, Usyk taunted Huck throughout the fight. In round 8, Usyk tripped on Huck's feet and Huck lost a point on the scorecards as he threw a punch at Usyk when the latter was down. Usyk continued to land combinations with little to no response from Huck until referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight in the tenth round. With the win, Usyk progressed to the semi-final stage of the Super Series and is slated to face the winner of the Mairis Briedis-Mike Perez fight. Huck has now suffered back to back defeats for the first time in his career. [54] [55]

Return to heavyweight

On 12 October 2017, Huck told German tabloid BILD, that he would not be retiring from the sport, but rather continue his career in 2018 campaigning once again at heavyweight. Huck made the decision after suffering his second stoppage loss in his last five fights. Huck fought his only heavyweight fight in 2012, unsuccessfully challenging Alexander Povetkin for the WBA 'Regular' title. [56] [57] On 4 April 2018, Huck Box Promotion and Petko´s Box Promotion jointly announced that Huck would be returning on a card in Munich on 16 June 2018 at heavyweight. [58] On 9 April, 41 year old Turkish-born German boxer Yakup Saglam (40-4-0, 37 KOs) was announced as Huck's opponent. [59] Huck stopped Saglam in round 4 via TKO of their scheduled 10-round bout. The fight came to an end 26 seconds into round 4, when Saglam's corner threw in the towel. [60] [61]

Huck vs. Guivas

Almost 4 years after his US debut, Huck had his second fight in the US against Nick Guivas on 17 May, 2019. Huck dropped Guivas twice in the first round, and was initially awarded the TKO victory. However, after a review it was announced that the second knockdown was caused by an accidental foul. The fight was called a no-contest after the review. [62]

Huck vs. Lewandowski

On 29 August, 2020, Huck fought Dennis Lewandowski. Huck dominated Lewadowski and won every round en route to a unanimous decision victory. [63]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
49 fights42 wins5 losses
By knockout283
By decision142
No contests1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
49Win42–5–1 (1) Flag of Germany.svg Dennis LewandowskiUD1029 Aug 2020 Flag of Germany.svg Eisstadion, Braunlage, Germany
48NC41–5–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Nick GuivasTKO1 (8), 0:5717 May 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USOriginally a TKO win for Huck, later ruled an NC after an incorrect referee call
47Win41–5–1 Flag of Germany.svg Yakup SaglamTKO4 (10), 0:2616 Jun 2018 Flag of Germany.svg Ballhausforum, Munich, Germany
46Loss40–5–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksandr Usyk TKO10 (12), 2:12 9 Sep 2017 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, GermanyFor WBO cruiserweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: cruiserweight quarter-final
45Loss40–4–1 Flag of Latvia.svg Mairis Briedis UD121 Apr 2017 Flag of Germany.svg Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, GermanyLost IBO cruiserweight title;
For vacant WBC cruiserweight title
44Win40–3–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Dmytro Kucher UD1219 Nov 2016 Flag of Germany.svg TUI Arena, Hanover, GermanyRetained IBO cruiserweight title
43Win39–3–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ola Afolabi RTD10 (12), 3:0026 Feb 2016 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, GermanyWon IBO cruiserweight title
42Loss38–3–1 Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Głowacki KO11 (12), 2:3914 Aug 2015 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USLost WBO cruiserweight title
41Win38–2–1 Flag of Italy.svg Mirko Larghetti UD1230 Aug 2014 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
40Win37–2–1 Flag of Germany.svg Firat Arslan TKO6 (12), 1:5625 Jan 2014 Flag of Germany.svg Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
39Win36–2–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ola Afolabi MD128 Jun 2013 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
38Win35–2–1 Flag of Germany.svg Firat Arslan UD123 Nov 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
37Draw34–2–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ola Afolabi MD125 May 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Messe, Erfurt, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
36Loss34–2 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander Povetkin MD1225 Feb 2012 Flag of Germany.svg Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GermanyFor WBA (Regular) heavyweight title
35Win34–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Rogelio Omar RossiKO6 (12), 1:0922 Oct 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
34Win33–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Hugo Garay TKO10 (12), 1:1016 Jul 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Olympia Eishalle, Munich, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
33Win32–1 Flag of Israel.svg Ran Nakash UD122 Apr 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
32Win31–1 Flag of Russia.svg Denis Lebedev SD1218 Dec 2010 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
31Win30–1 Flag of the United States.svg Matt Godfrey TKO5 (12), 2:1821 Aug 2010 Flag of Germany.svg Messe, Erfurt, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
30Win29–1 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Minto RTD9 (12), 3:001 May 2010 Flag of Germany.svg Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
29Win28–1 Flag of the United States.svg Adam RichardsKO3 (12), 2:3013 Mar 2010 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
28Win27–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ola Afolabi UD125 Dec 2009 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, GermanyRetained WBO cruiserweight title
27Win26–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Victor Emilio Ramírez UD1229 Aug 2009 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, GermanyWon WBO cruiserweight title
26Win25–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitaliy RusalTKO5 (12), 2:589 May 2009 Flag of Germany.svg Jako Arena, Bamberg, GermanyRetained European cruiserweight title
25Win24–1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Geoffrey BatteloTKO3 (12), 2:5724 Jan 2009 Flag of Germany.svg Erdgas Arena, Riesa, GermanyRetained European cruiserweight title
24Win23–1 Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Tuiach TKO2 (12), 2:2225 Oct 2008 Flag of Germany.svg Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, GermanyRetained European cruiserweight title
23Win22–1 Flag of France.svg Jean Marc Monrose TKO2 (12), 1:1720 Sep 2008 Flag of Germany.svg Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, GermanyWon European cruiserweight title
22Win21–1 Flag of Slovenia.svg Frantisek KasanicTKO9 (12), 2:5217 May 2008 Flag of Germany.svg Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, GermanyWon vacant IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight title
21Win20–1 Flag of Zambia.svg Leon NzamaTKO5 (8), 1:0612 Apr 2008 Flag of Germany.svg Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
20Loss19–1 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Cunningham TKO12 (12), 1:5629 Dec 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, GermanyFor IBF cruiserweight title
19Win19–0 Flag of Russia.svg Vadim Tokarev UD1226 May 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
18Win18–0 Flag of Morocco.svg Ismail AbdoulUD1220 Jan 2007 Flag of Switzerland.svg St. Jakobshalle, Basel, SwitzerlandRetained European Union cruiserweight title
17Win17–0 Flag of Italy.svg Pietro Aurino TKO2 (12)16 Dec 2006 Flag of Germany.svg BigBox, Kempten, GermanyWon vacant European Union cruiserweight title
16Win16–0 Flag of France.svg Rachid El HadakKO8 (8), 2:2423 Sep 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany
15Win15–0 Flag of Switzerland.svg Nuri Seferi UD103 Jun 2006 Flag of Germany.svg TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany
14Win14–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Swaby RTD6 (8), 3:004 Mar 2006 Flag of Germany.svg EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany
13Win13–0 Flag of Romania.svg Claudio Rîşco KO7 (8), 2:1528 Jan 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Simms UD817 Dec 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
11Win11–0 Flag of Germany.svg Rüdiger May UD103 Sep 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Internationales Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany
10Win10–0 Flag of Georgia.svg Leri OkhanashviliTKO2 (8), 2:192 Jul 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Karl-Eckel-Weg Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Germany
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tipton WalkerTKO2 (8), 1:5011 Jun 2005 Flag of Germany.svg BigBox, Kempten, Germany
8Win8–0 Flag of Slovenia.svg Stefan KusnierKO1 (6)21 May 2005 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Sportowa MGOKSiR, Zdzieszowice, Poland
7Win7–0 Flag of Germany.svg Muhammed Ali DurmazTKO4 (6)23 Apr 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
6Win6–0 Flag of Latvia.svg Aleksandrs BorhovsTKO4 (6)12 Mar 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany
5Win5–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ervin SlonkaTKO4 (6), 1:2310 Jan 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Boxtempel, Berlin, Germany
4Win4–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomas MrazekTKO3 (6)18 Dec 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany
3Win3–0 Flag of Poland.svg Wlodek KopecTKO1 (4), 2:264 Dec 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
2Win2–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel ZimaTKO1 (4), 1:4820 Nov 2004 Flag of Germany.svg BigBox, Kempten, Germany
1Win1–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Pavel CirokTKO1 (4)7 Nov 2004 Flag of Germany.svg Rockfabrik, Nuremberg, Germany

Television viewership


DateFightViewership (avg.)NetworkSource(s)
29 December 2007
Steve Cunningham vs. Marco Huck
Das Erste
29 August 2009
Victor Emilio Ramírez vs. Marco Huck
Das Erste
5 December 2009
Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi I
Das Erste
13 March 2010
Marco Huck vs. Adam Richards
Das Erste
1 May 2010
Marco Huck vs. Brian Minto
Das Erste
21 August 2010
Marco Huck vs. Matt Godfrey
Das Erste [64]
18 December 2010
Marco Huck vs. Denis Lebedev
Das Erste [65]
2 April 2011
Marco Huck vs. Ran Nakash
Das Erste
22 October 2011
Marco Huck vs. Rogelio Omar Rossi
Das Erste
16 July 2011
Marco Huck vs. Hugo Garay
Das Erste [66]
25 February 2012
Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck
Das Erste [67]
5 May 2012
Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi II
Das Erste [68]
3 November 2012
Marco Huck vs. Firat Arslan I
Das Erste [69]
8 June 2013
Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi III
Das Erste [70]
25 January 2014
Marco Huck vs. Firat Arslan II
Das Erste [71]
26 February 2016
Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi IV
RTL Television [72] [73] [74]
19 November 2016
Marco Huck vs. Dmytro Kucher
RTL Television [75] [73] [76]
1 April 2017
Mairis Briedis vs. Marco Huck
RTL Television [72]
9 September 2017
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck
Sat.1 [77]
Total viewership77,170,000

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Ismail Abdoul
European Union
cruiserweight champion

16 December 2006 – May 2007
Title next held by
Giacobbe Fragomeni
Title last held by
Lubos Suda
IBF Inter-Continental
cruiserweight champion

17 May 2008 – September 2008
Title next held by
Enad Ličina
Preceded by
Jean Marc Monrose
European cruiserweight champion
20 September 2008 – August 2009
Title next held by
Enzo Maccarinelli
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Ola Afolabi
IBO cruiserweight champion
27 February 2016 – 1 April 2017
Vacant after loss to Mairis Briedis
Title next held by
Kevin Lerena
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Victor Emilio Ramírez
WBO cruiserweight champion
29 August 2009 – 14 August 2015
Succeeded by
Krzysztof Głowacki
Inaugural award PBC Fight of the Year
vs. Krzysztof Głowacki

Keith Thurman vs.
Shawn Porter
Tommy Coyle vs.
Daniel Brizuela
Round 11
ESPN Round of the Year
vs. Krzysztof Głowacki
Round 6

Dillian Whyte vs.
Derek Chisora
Round 5