Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (January 10, 2024) - Filip Hrgovic and Joseph Parker are revving up talk of a showdown on the upcoming Anthony Joshua undercard, setting the stage for another night packed of top heavyweight boxing action.
In December's electrifying matches in Saudi Arabia, Joshua triumphed over Otto Wallin while Parker created a stir by upsetting Deontay Wilder. Meanwhile, Hrgovic secured a win against Mark De Mori in a series of top heavyweight bouts. The upcoming Anthony Joshua event on March 8 promises to be an interesting night of entertainment. The anticipated undercard might feature a riveting title eliminator match between Parker and Hrgovic.
Hrgovic, holding the prestigious No. 1 spot in the IBF heavyweight rankings, could potentially vie for the title against Joshua. However, before that clash, Hrgovic appears keen on staying active in the ring, especially with an enticing offer from Parker.
Following Parker’s mention of potential opponents for his next bout, Hrgovic enthusiastically responded via social media, saying, “Hey there, 'El Animal' here. I've heard Joseph Parker's call to fight me on the Joshua undercard in March. I'm all in, Joe. Let’s make it happen, let’s get down to business. See you in the ring soon.”
As the IBF’s top-ranked heavyweight, Hrgovic is positioned for a shot at the organization's title. The current titleholder, Oleksandr Usyk, is set to defend his title belts against Lineal champion Tyson Fury in February.
The victor in Riyadh will potentially become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000. However, the Fury-Usyk winner might have to defend the IBF title before considering a rematch, setting the stage for intriguing developments. This situation could impact Joshua’s possible fight against Hrgovic for the vacant title, affecting the course of top heavyweight boxing.