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Mairis Briedis makes contact with Marco Huck over WBC title fight

Briedis has been Tony Bellew's mandatory challenger since the latter knocked out Ilunga Makabu.

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Tony Bellew's journey up to heavyweight to face David Haye next March has those who dislike the "Bomber" salivating, but not everyone is happy with the arrangement. Bellew's mandatory challenger, Mairis Briedis, has reportedly begun talks with former WBO ruler Marco Huck on a potential fight if Bellew is stripped.

Bellew had previously been dismissive of Briedis.

"With Briedis, although there’s probably not a lot of money in it, the fight is a mandatory. Let’s be honest, there wasn’t much money in the BJ Flores fight but I just wanted to shut him up.

"Briedis hasn’t really said a word, maybe I wish he would."

The WBC have yet to comment on Bellew once again eschewing the big-punching Latvian in favor of the Haye clash.

Briedis (21-0, 18 KO) has knocked out his last seven opponents, including Olanrewaju Durodola, Simon Vallily, and Manuel Charr at heavyweight in a fight in which he gave up over thirty pounds. Huck (40-3-1, 27 KO), meanwhile, has won two straight since his stunning knockout loss to Krzysztof Glowacki last year, stopping rival Ola Afolabi for the IBO title and recently defending it against Dmytro Kucher

Hopefully, this fight will go through; I've been itching to see Briedis test his mettle against the division elite since the Charr fight.

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