Boxing News: “It’s a great opportunity for him to realise his dream of becoming world champion,” Filip Hrgovic said after his ruthless victory against Marko Radonjic.
According to promoter Kalle Sauerland, Filip Hrgovic intends to demand a bout with Anthony Joshua after demonstrating his deadly knockout power once more.
After stopping Marko Radonjic five times in the third round in Austria on Friday night, the Croatian contender known as ‘El Animal’ remains on track for a world heavyweight title bout.
Hrgovic, who is ranked No. 3 by the IBF, might be one win away from challenging Joshua for the IBF title.
“Next for Filip Hrgovic is the final eliminator for the IBF world heavyweight championship, which will take place later this year,” promoter Kalle Sauerland told Sky Sports.
“This is a huge chance for him to realise his dream of becoming World Champion.” El Animal is on his way.”
On September 25, Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO mandatory challenger, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hrgovic was supposed to fight Michael Hunter earlier this year, with the winner becoming the IBF mandatory challenger to Joshua, but Hunter instead chose to fight Mike Wilson, whom he stopped in the fourth round.
In June, Sauerland informed Sky Sports that he had conducted conversations with a number of opponents’ in the IBF rankings, including Australian Demsey McKean, to replace Hunter.
McKean is presently sparring with Joshua and has stated that he was unable to compete because of Covid-19 restrictions.
“So that was in the works as well to take that potential fight, but the restrictions and the fact that my coaches were travelling abroad made it extremely difficult to return to the country, especially for my coach, who has other world-ranked fighters, a family, and a business to run.” He said
“I’m on a different path and have other plans. That’s undoubtedly [a conflict that can arise now that we’re established in the UK].
“He’s fairly well-regarded right now, so there’s definitely a battle that can be had in the future.”
Hrgovic has previously stated that Joshua is a more dangerous opponent than fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who will defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder in a third bout on October 9 in Las Vegas.
“Joshua is the bigger puncher; he throws more combos, has a terrific jab, and is quick on his feet. He is more adept at fighting on the inside.
“Fury has an odd style, but that’s all he’s got.
“Joshua is a more well-rounded fighter.”
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