Marco Huck’s record seeking cruiserweight title reign was brought to an abrupt halt on Friday night, August 14th, at the heavy hands of unbeaten Pole, Krzystof Glowacki.
In a fight that will be a candidate in every category when it comes to year end awards, Glowacki hammered Huck into unconsciousness to register an 11th round KO win, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. At the time of the stoppage Glowacki was trailing on all three judges scorecards.
The loss ended Huck’s six year run as WBO titleholder just one win short of a new record for the most successful title defenses at the weight. Had he beaten the gritty Glowacki he would have logged his 14th defense. Huck, however, will have to settle for a share of the accolade as he and Sky Sports pundit, Johnny Nelson, remain tied at 13 a piece.
In July, PunditArena identified the cruiserweight division as an under appreciated gem which had been the home to many exciting bouts in recent years. We listed the weight classes most entertaining scrappers and warned that Huck might open the eyes of American fans with his first venture stateside.
He did just that.
Though the Germany based Serb lost the fight, his stock, and that of the division itself, will have increased greatly in value due to the thrilling nature of the action on display. Both men were on the deck during this intense battle, and each was hurt badly on a number of occasions.
In the aftermath of the tear-up, esteemed members of the American boxing media took their twitter accounts to rave about the scintillating savagery they had witnessed.
(1/2) Glowacki-Huck: We get contenders for Fight, Round, Knockout, and Upset of the Year all in one bout.
— Eric Raskin (@EricRaskin) August 15, 2015
Now THAT was a fight!
— Nigel Collins (@NigelBoxing) August 15, 2015
In the build-up to the fight Huck seemed to be looking past the Polish fighter. He spoke at length about his future plans which included a fight with Roy Jones Jr, and a potential heavyweight title tilt against Deontay Wilder. This dismissive mindset, as it has done so many times in boxing history, likely played a role in his demise.
All is not lost for the swashbuckling Serb though, as he will have won hoards of new fans in the sport’s biggest market.
For a 29 year old Polish southpaw, it was an occasion to savour. “This is the biggest night of my life”, said the new champion in the minutes that followed his victory. With the win, however, Glowacki has ensured that there are plenty more big nights ahead.
The Polish fighter has launched himself toward the top of a talent packed division, in which there is no shortage of intriguing fights. What’s more is that he has announced himself on the stateside stage, where he has the potential to become a big draw among the country’s large Polish community. Alternatively, he can return to campaigning in his homeland where he would also be a major attraction.
Glowacki has plenty of options.
The one that the fans will be hoping he chooses, however, is an immediate rematch with Huck.
Here is the full in HD, skip to the 43:00 mark for the KO
Or if you are willing to watch a lower quality picture, here is one with English commentary.