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Reports: Daniel Dubois vs. Filip Hrgovic for IBF Interim belt.

Usyk, the current undisputed heavyweight champion, has requested an exemption from the IBF to defend his title against Tyson Fury rather than face his mandatory challenger next.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (May 31, 2024) - Daniel Dubois' upcoming clash against Filip Hrgovic on Saturday has been "tentatively sanctioned" for the IBF interim heavyweight title, according to recent reports. The bout, taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on June 1st, could significantly alter the heavyweight division's landscape.

Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic will now be battling for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Title.

Interim Title and Potential Championship Upgrade

If the fight is fully sanctioned as an interim title bout, the winner will be upgraded to full champion if Oleksandr Usyk is stripped of his IBF belt ahead of his scheduled rematch with Tyson Fury in December. This possibility adds a high-stakes element to the already intriguing contest between Dubois and Hrgovic.

Usyk's Exemption Request

Usyk, the current undisputed heavyweight champion, has requested an exemption from the IBF to defend his title against Tyson Fury rather than face his mandatory challenger next. The IBF has stated that it "does not have a timeline as to when the decision will be made on Usyk’s exception request." Despite reports indicating that the Dubois-Hrgovic fight will be for the interim title, the IBF has clarified that it is "not yet 100% confirmed."

If and when the interim title is sanctioned, the winner of the Dubois-Hrgovic bout would be elevated to champion should Usyk vacate the belt. Initial suggestions that Usyk might be forced to vacate before Saturday's event appear to be unfounded, as he holds on to his undisputed title for now.

The Fighters

Daniel Dubois, 26, is set to face Croatia's Filip Hrgovic, the IBF mandatory challenger, in what promises to be a pivotal clash at the top of the heavyweight rankings. Dubois boasts an impressive record of 20 wins with two losses, including a points defeat in a unified title challenge against Usyk in October. Known for his power and recent resilience, Dubois is eager to seize this opportunity.

Filip Hrgovic, 31, remains unbeaten with a record of 17 wins, 14 of which have come by knockout. Hrgovic's formidable power and skill have positioned him as a top contender in the division. His matchup against Dubois is seen as a significant step in his quest for the world title.

Potential Future Matchups

Promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested that the winner of the Hrgovic-Dubois fight could face Anthony Joshua for a vacant IBF world title at Wembley Stadium in September. This potential matchup adds further intrigue and excitement to what some are calling one of the best heavyweight boxing years in recent memory.

The outcome of the Dubois-Hrgovic fight will not only determine the interim titleholder but also shape the future of the heavyweight division, especially with the looming possibility of Usyk's IBF belt being vacated.

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