Michael Hunter not fighting Filip Hrgovic in IBF title eliminator


By Jim Maltzman: Michael Hunter has turned down the IBF heavyweight title eliminator in opposition to unbeaten 2016 bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic, and promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t completely satisfied about it.

Hearn put numerous time into attempting to arrange a combat between Hrgovic (12-0, 10 KOs) and #4 IBF Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs) solely to have the contract turned down.

For the administration of the 2012 U.S Olympian Hunter to reject the combat with Hrgovic, it could actually solely imply that they produce other plans that they view as higher than taking that combat.

One chance is Hunter, 32, going through Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury if the 2 of them are unable to get their August combat deal completed. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has been dragging his ft over the positioning deal, and he’s stated many instances that he needed a tune-up.

Hunter can be the best interim opponent for Fury to get some rust out and decide up a pleasant paycheck earlier than going through Joshua later this 12 months. Joshua’s possible interim combat would most likely be his WBO necessary Oleksandr Usyk.

“It’s completely weird, and I really feel for Filip Hrgovic as a result of he’s been messed round as effectively. So we return down the record and see who it’s,” stated Hearn to Boxing Social.

“I ship the contracts, after which they only write, ‘We’re not taking the combat,’” stated Hearn about Hunter not signing the contract that he despatched to him.

It’s not the tip of the world for #5 IBF Hrgovic. It simply implies that Hearn might want to transfer down the Worldwide Boxing Federation rankings to seek out the following out there and keen contender.

It’s affordable to imagine that Hearn will ask considered one of these contenders from the IBF’s rankings:

6. Joseph Parker
7. Agit Kabayel
8. Tony Yoka
9. Luis Ortiz
10. Kubrat Pulev

Agit Kabayel or Kubrat Pulev will possible be the 2 that Hearn seems to be at to place in with Hrgovic. Pulev simply misplaced to Joshua, so he’s not an excellent contender you’d take a look at to face Hrgovic in a title eliminator.

Underneath regular circumstances, former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (29-2, 21 KOs) can be the man that Hearn would flip to because the substitute for the 33-year-old Hunter to face Hrgovic.

The rationale why Hearn most likely gained’t ask Parker is that he already informed Dereck Chisora that he would arrange a rematch between them after their controversial combat this month on Could 1st.

Parker gained by a 12 spherical cut up determination in a combat that many boxing followers noticed going the opposite manner for Chisora. Since Hearn has already informed Chisora he would make the rematch; he’s dedicated to that.

It hurts Parker lacking out in an IBF title eliminator, however he’ll nonetheless make good cash combating Chisora once more.


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