Former WBO World Champion Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs) has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that already features the undefeated and reigning world champions Murat Gassiev (IBF), Yunier Dorticos (WBA) and Mairis Briedis (WBC) as well as former world champion Krysztof Wlodarczyk. Starting in September, eight of the world´s best cruiserweights will battle it out in a revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Huck is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his life. “I am thrilled to be joining the Champions League of Boxing,” he said. “In the great history of the sport there has never been a tournament like this. Eight world-class fighters will enter the competition but just one man can prevail. I cannot wait to show the world that I am best of all those strong champions.”
Huck has been a major player in the cruiserweight division for many years, tying the record for the most title defenses (13) before losing to Kryzsztof Glowacki in August 2015. He bounced back with convincing victories over Ola Afolabi and Dmytro Kucher before falling to WBC kingpin & fellow World Boxing Super Series participant Mairis Briedis earlier this year.
Huck´s quarter-final opponent will be determined during the Draft Gala at Monaco´s famed Grimaldi Forum on July 8. In a live TV show, the four top-seeds per weight class will hand-pick their opponents from the unseeded boxers, with the Comosa Board determining the seeding once all participants have been confirmed. “There are no weak opponents in the tournament, so I don´t care whom I fight,” Huck said. “I want to be the best so I have to beat them all anyway. I don´t mind in which order I defeat them.”
Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, is excited to welcome another fan favorite to the tournament. “Three undefeated reigning world champions and two former world champions that have really stamped their authority on the division – the World Boxing Super Series´ cruiserweight competition already features an amazing line-up and there are still three spots to be filled,” he said. “Never before have so many great fighters faced each other in a KO tournament within such a short period of time. But that is what the Muhammad Ali Trophy is all about, the best fighting the best in a fan-friendly way.”
The cruiserweight competitors combine for a fearsome record of 160 wins, seven losses and 119 KOs. “There is an incredible amount of talent at cruiserweight,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “The World Boxing Super Series will answer the one question fans have been asking themselves for so many years: Who is the undisputed number one in a division loaded with undefeated champions and great fighters? We´ll find out come May 2018.”
In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights. The tournament bracket will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8.