"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face."
~Mike Tyson

Monday, April 3, 2017

Marco Huck-Mairis Briedis Fight Review

A Pugilistic Disappointment

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Anyone whom tuned in to watch Marco Huck battle Mairis Briedis this past Saturday likely found themselves disappointed. On paper Huck vs Briedis was a can't miss fight between a tenacious veteran who's known for leaving it all in the ring and a young and seemingly very heavy handed puncher. It's a shame that the fight not only failed to deliver solid action but stunk out the joint as well. Someone whom yours truly admires often remarks, "One guy wouldn't, while the other guy couldn't." You may not think it fair to sum up a fight with a quip like this but this was, in a nutshell, Huck/Briedis.

Going into this fight there were several question marks surrounding both fighters. Sadly only one of these was answered with any kind of certainty. We now know that Marco Huck is not only in decline as a fighter but his plateau is much further behind him than previously thought. It became clear in the opening rounds that Huck had little to no answer for Briedis's offense. That's not to insinuate that Briedis was mounting some sort of brutal attack but he dominated not only the opening rounds but the entire fight simply because Huck could no longer pull the trigger. Speaking of Briedis' offense, it constituted almost entirely of grabbing, holding, and smothering his own work. There were several instances where Briedis could have really put the hurt on Huck but instead lunged in thereby negating his offense. Huck spent most of the fight on the back foot and had only a few small moments of success. From the opening bell to the final bell, Mairis Briedis was in control not because he put on a boxing clinic or was connecting with his devastating right hand but because Marco Huck did practically nothing. The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110, 118-109 and yours truly scored it a shut out for Briedis. Regardless of who won this bout, the fans whom tuned in lost.

Where Do They Go From Here?

Prior to his decline, this scribe enjoyed watching Marco Huck fight. This is however no longer the case. Briedis was, for whatever reason, unable mount a sustainable nor clean attack and yet Huck had no answer for that; never a good look for a fighter. I think that the battle fatigued Huck probably sticks around for at least a few more fights against cannon fodder but I wouldn't rule out retirement either. Huck has had a very respectable career and should walk away from the sport proud. As far as Briedis is concerned expect him to continue rising for the time being. From what these eyes saw on Saturday though, Mairis Briedis is not an elite fighter and may have some real problems when he runs into someone like Huck was at his best.

Scott Jarvis is a boxing writer for Split Decision Boxing. He can be reached on Twitter or by email at splitdecisionbox@gmail.com.


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