Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck will make the 13th defense of his WBO belt against unbeaten Mirko Larghetti on March 29 in Berlin, Sauerland Events announced on Wednesday.
Huck (37-2-1, 26 knockouts) was last in the ring in January, when he twice dropped Firat Arslan on the way to a sixth-round stoppage in a rematch of Huck’s unanimous-decision victory in 2012.
Huck-Larghetti is replacing RING and IBF Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez against Pawel Kolodziej, which was postponed after Hernandez pulled out due to issues with gastritis stemming from a mid-January viral infection.
"I was on holidays in Dubai when I was asked about the possibility to fill in for my teammate, Hernandez," said Huck, 29. "It will be a real cracker against Larghetti, who will suffer his first defeat against me."
Huck can establish a cruiserweight record for consecutive defenses with a win in May, having earned his belt with a unanimous decision over Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009.
The current record holder is ex-WBO titleholder Johnny Nelson, who won the belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Carl Thompson in March 1999 and defended it 12 times, retiring after a split-decision win over Vincenzo Cantatore in 2005.
Huck did lose a disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin in February of 2012, though that fight took place at heavyweight.
Larghetti, 31, is 20-0 with 12 knockouts, having last been in the ring on for a unanimous decision over Stjepan Vugdelija in November.
"I will shock Huck in front of his fans and rip the title away from him," said Larghetti, of Italy.