Oleksandr Usyk retained his WBO cruiserweight title and moved on to the next round of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, stopping Marco Huck in the 10th round today in Berlin.
The official time of the stoppage was 2:16 of round 10.
Usyk (13-0, 11 KO) didn’t have a whole lot of trouble in the fight, though Huck (40-5-1, 27 KO) was game and certainly not a pushover. Huck, 32, even looked a little better than he did in his last fight, a loss to Mairis Briedis, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the superior skill of Usyk, 30, the former Olympic gold medalist who continues to excel in the pro ranks.
The win is Usyk’s third successful title defense, after beating Krzysztof Glowacki for the belt a year ago. Huck is now in quite a tough spot, as he’s lost two straight and three of his last five, and looks a full step below the real top fighters in the division these days.
Usyk now awaits his next opponent, which will be the winner of the September 30 fight between WBC titleholder Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KO) and Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KO).