Tuesday afternoon Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that he has landed the rights to the IBF Heavyweight contender showdown for later this Summer season between American Michael “The Bounty” Hunter and unbeaten Croatian Filip Hrgovic.
Hearn posted on social media that the IBF has notified him of his purse bid win, though it wasn’t instantly clear what Hearn’s successful bid was or whom else may need been bidding,
As we wrote early final month, this struggle for potential #1 rating by the IBF amongst it’s Heavyweights has been in dialogue for a while.
Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs) stated at the moment that his group had agreed to the proposed Hrgovic struggle and could be ready on the precise when and the place’s from Matchroom,
“Eddie (Hearn) supplied cash, My group and I made the Eliminator occur,” Hunter stated on Twitter concerning the Title Eliminator. When requested if the struggle was set in stone on social, Hunter said. “Settlement is there, engaged on location and date.”
He was final in motion in a December KO win in Galveston, TX, over Shane Laughery. Hunter fought former WBA World Title holder Alexander Povetkin to a draw of their December 2019 battle in Saudi Arabia on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz rematch.
Hunter’s solely professional defeat was a call loss, as Cruiserweight difficult then WBO World champ Oleksandr Usyk in April of 2017. Usyk is at present the WBO’s #1 Heavyweight and trying to get a shot at Joshua, himself.
The 28 12 months outdated Croat, Hrgović is 12-0 and dominated American journeyman Rydell Booker in a November TKO win on the Arduous Rock On line casino in Hollywood, FL. The 240 lb. Hrgovic’ has been groomed by Matchroom Boxing for a future title shot most likely later in 2022.
So, there’s numerous educated hypothesis that this struggle may find yourself on the undercard of the potential Joshua-Tyson Fury Undisputed Heavyweight showdown, if, that ever comes off later this 12 months.
Then once more, as a result of these are widespread distinguished Heavyweights, Matchroom may make them a predominant occasion on a present themselves in June, and so on.
The IBF necessary doesn’t carry a lot momentum, because the Brit Joshua already beat their mandadory contender Kubrat Pulev in December.