Bigger’s Better King Mairis Briedis wins WBC cruiserweight title

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Mairis Briedis comfortably earns WBC cruiserweight world title belt.

Cruiserweight boxer out of Latvia, Mairis Briedis added the WBC world title to his collection. The 32-year-old initially gained the prominence in 2010 partaking in the Bigger’s Better Boxing live on Eurosport. He is the winner of two series as well as the champion of 2012 Super Finale.

In 2013 Briedis won the IBA world title, eliminating Lubos Suda in Round 5. The next year he defended the belt against Ismail Abdoul taking a unanimous decision. Also in 2014 he scored the Round 9 TKO victory against Joey Vegas taking the WBC Baltic belt. Last year Briedis won the IBF intercontinental title against Danie Venter by TKO in Round 2, and also the WBC silver belt against Olanrewaju Durodola by TKO in Round 9.

Briedis vs Huck for WBC cruiserweight title

On Saturday April 1 in Dortmund, riding the 21-fight undefeated streak Mairis Briedis went up against Marco Huck, 32, of Germany. The pair challenged for the vacant WBC cruiserweight world title.

Since last May the belt was owned by Tony Bellew of England. Last month he was declared as the Emeritus Champion, as he would have been unable to defend the title due to his hand broken – injury he received in a victorious heavyweight bout against David Haye on March 4. As well, as the result of his potential ongoing involvement in the heavyweight class. Such status allows him to return to challenge for the title at any time. The privilege has been previously used by Floyd Mayweather, Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales, Bernard Hopkins, among others.

Briedis vs Huck went on distance. After 12 rounds of action the judges scored the bout 116-111, 117-110, 118-109 in favor of Latvian fighter. As a result Briedis updates his record to 22-0, (18 KOs) as well takes the WBC cruiserweight title and the German’s minor IBO belt. Serbia-born Huck drops to 40-4-1, (27 KOs).

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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