Marco Huck vs. Joe Joyce likely heading for Germany
By Charles Brun: The team for former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck have won the purse bid to stage the fight between Marco and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant EBU heavyweight title. As such, the Huck-Joyce fight is expected to take place in Germany rather than the UK. Joyce and Huck will be fighting for Agit Kabayel’s recently vacated European Boxing Union heavyweight strap.
Joyce’s manager Sam Jones reportedly has no issue with him traveling to Germany to fight 34-year-old former WBO cruiserweight champion Huck (41-5-1, 28 KOs) in his own backyard. One likely reason for that is that Huck is nowhere near the same fighter that he once was during the prime of his career five years ago. Huck has lost 2 out of his last 4 fights in defeats against Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis.
Huck’s German Venture Service had the winning bid with 480,000 Euros, which surpassed the next highest bid of 358,000 Euros by Queensbury Promotions.
Joyce needs to move his career along faster
It’s debatable whether it’s a smart move on Joyce’s part for him to spend time capturing the EBU title against the past his best Huck. Joyce got a late start on his professional career because of all the time that he spent in the amateur ranks in the UK, and he doesn’t have five to 10 years to slowly work his way to a world title shot.
Huck not looking sharp at heavyweight
In Huck’s last fight against journeyman Nick Guivas, the match was ruled a no contest after Huck landed a shot on the break. Before that, Huck defeated Yakup Saglam by a 4th round knockout last year in June. At 6’2″, 220 lbs, Huck is on the small side for a heavyweight. He’s got the same problem former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has in fighting in a division that doesn’t support his size.
Huck not a good fit at heavyweight
To fight at a high level at heavyweight, a fighter needs huge size, blazing hand speed or incredible power. 5’10” Mike Tyson got away with fighting at heavyweight because he had fast hands, and huge power. Huck doesn’t have that going for him and neither does Usyk. Both of these guys are going to have major problems at heavyweight when they start fighting bigger guys. Huck’s issues are about to start immediately with him facing 6’6″ Joyce in his next fight.
Although Huck and Joyce are the same age at 34, there’s a big difference in what the two have left. Joyce is fighting at a high level, and is a young 34. Huck hasn’t looked good since his 6th round knockout win over Firat Arslan in June 2014. Since that fight, Huck has lost to Krzysztof Glowacki, Briedis and Usyk. Even in Huck’s wins, he’s looked beatable.