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Joe Joyce vs Marco Huck set for January 11

Joe Joyce and Marco Huck will battle for the vacant European heavyweight title next month.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

A couple of months ago, the EBU ordered a fight between Joe Joyce and Marco Huck for the vacant European heavyweight title, and now that fight is set.

Joyce will travel to Hannover, Germany, to face Huck on Jan. 11, ESPN reports.

Joyce (10-0, 9 KO) was a 2016 Olympic silver medalist at super heavyweight, and has done the job thus far as a pro, but at 34 he’s looking to get a move on into real contention. The European title is a nice next step for him following a 2019 where he picked up wins over faded veterans Bermane Stiverne and Alexander Ustinov, plus a more competitive decision over Bryant Jennings, who looks to still have at least a little in the tank.

Huck (41-5-1, 28 KO) was a longtime high-end cruiserweight, winning titles and being considered a top tier fighter in the division. Back in 2012 he challenged Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “world” heavyweight title and lost a controversial majority decision, then went back to cruiser. He moved up to heavyweight for real in 2018, and has fought twice, beating Yakup Saglam last year and going to a no-contest with club fighter Nick Guivas in May of this year, where Huck hit Guivas on the break and basically knocked him out in the first round. It was a clear foul and a deserved no-contest call.

This could be an interesting fight, as Joyce will have obvious size advantages, being that he’s 6’6” and built like a fridge, while Huck is 6’2” and naturally a cruiserweight. But Huck is known for being able to dirty up a fight with the best of them, and his veteran savvy and craft, if you will, could give the less experienced Joyce some issues.

The fight will likely stream on ESPN+ for those in the US.

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