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