Marco Huck will move up to challenge Alexander Povetkin for a heavyweight title in February. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
After plenty of TV trash talk didn't land top cruiserweight Marco Huck a fight with either Klitschko brother, a fight between Huck and WBA "regular" heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin is now set for February 25 in Stuggart, Germany, according to Ruslan Chikov.
Huck has reportedly signed the contract for the fight, and Povetkin has agreed to terms as well.
Huck (34-1, 25 KO) is largely considered the No. 1 cruiserweight in the world these days, and is known as a rough-and-tumble, sometimes dirty fighter who does what he has to do to win. For a cruiserweight, he's a terrific bully when guys aren't bigger than him.
Povetkin, however, is bigger than him, and moving up to heavyweight could be too much for Huck stylistically. He's not a better boxer than Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO), is a naturally smaller man in terms of mass, and likely won't be able to shove Povetkin around.
But it's an intriguing fight if Huck can impose his will early, and Povetkin is known to be a slow starter who can be overly tentative. In his last fight, Povetkin took it easy early against aged American Cedric Boswell, but did largely dominate the fight and when he flipped the switch, had a pretty easy time beating down the veteran en route to an eighth round knockout.
With Team Povetkin continuing to ignore the Klitschko brothers, waiting for them to retire it would appear, and Huck unable to land either brother, it's a fight that makes sense for both. I have no issue with top fighters moving up in weight to take on top fighters the next weight class up, and it's not like Povetkin was going to go out searching for a fight with Tomasz Adamek or Chris Arreola or anything, so this works for me.