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Usyk vs. Hrgovic IBF Title Clash Looms

Hrgovic's recent performances have generated mixed opinions, particularly his encounters with Demsey McKean and Zhilei Zhang.


London, UK - Promoter Eddie Hearn has indicated that he expects the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to issue an order for IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic. This potential matchup has sparked speculation about Usyk's next move in the division.

Hearn's comments come in the wake of Usyk's recent successful title defense against WBA mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois in Wroclaw, Poland, where Usyk secured a ninth-round knockout victory. Controversy arose in the bout due to a fifth round low blow, which some saw as a legitimate body shot, resulting in Usyk going down. Despite this, Usyk eventually triumphed as a sharp jab dropped Dubois to his knees for the full count in round 9.

Eddie Hearn, who co-promotes Hrgovic (16-0, 13 KOs), insists that his fighter won't be stepping aside to allow Usyk to pursue any other opponent. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Hrgovic, has been eyeing a title shot, and according to Hearn, his opportunity is imminent.

The potential showdown between Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) and Hrgovic has generated intrigue, particularly in light of Usyk's aspirations to face WBC champion Tyson Fury for the undisputed championship in Saudi Arabia next January. Hearn, who also promotes Hrgovic, is naturally invested in positioning his fighter for a high-stakes battle with Fury.

The situation hinges on the IBF's decision, as they will determine whether Usyk must face Hrgovic in his next bout or if he will be permitted to pursue a historic undisputed clash with Fury. Often, fights of this historical magnitude take precedence over mandatory defenses, adding a layer of uncertainty to the unfolding story

Hrgovic's recent performances have generated mixed opinions, particularly his encounters with Demsey McKean and Zhilei Zhang. Many observers felt he was fortunate to secure a decision victory against Zhang, and Hrgovic's struggles in those bouts have raised questions about his readiness for Usyk or Fury.

Usyk, on the other hand, has achieved significant success, building an undefeated record and securing titles across multiple weight divisions. Facing Hrgovic could offer him the chance to solidify his standing in the heavyweight division and lay the groundwork for a potential super fight against Tyson Fury.

While the path forward remains coudy, Hearn's comments hint at the potential clash between Usyk and Hrgovic, adding another layer of anticipation and frustration to the ever-evolving landscape of heavyweight boxing.

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