Marco Huck will make the 13th defense of his WBO cruiserweight title against unbeaten Mirko Larghetti on August 30 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle Westphalia, Germany, Sauerland Events announced on Friday.
Huck (37-2-1, 26 knockouts), 29, was scheduled to fight Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs), 31, on March 29 in Berlin before a fractured thumb suffered by Huck during sparring session forced the cancelation of the bout.
Huck was last in the ring in January, when he twice dropped Firat Arslan en route to a sixth round stoppage in a rematch of Huck’s unanimous decision victory of November 2012.
Huck can establish a cruiserweight record for consecutive defenses in victory over Larghetti, having earned his belt with a unanimous decision over Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009.
The current recordholder 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 November 2005.
Huck did lose a disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin in February of 2012, though that fight took place at heavyweight.
Coming off a second round knockout of Attila Palko in June, Larghetti still is fuming over the cancelation of their scheduled first match.
"I was ready back then and I am even more ready now. Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time," said Larghetti. "I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign."
Huck is undeterred.
"This will be Larghetti's first and last world title fight," said Huck. "When I am done with him, he will wish not ever having shared the ring with me. I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti."