Great news is coming for Filip Hrgovic! Namely, the IBF ordered that the next challenger to Oleksander Usyk be Filip, and this was confirmed by the Sauerland brothers and Eddie Hearn on their Twitter profile. It is not known when the match should take place, but it is official that Filip is the next challenger for the great Usyk!
Hrgovic made his current last appearance in the eighth month of this year, and on that occasion he defeated Zhang Zheili by referee's decision.
CONFIRMED: El Animal @Filip_Hrgovic is next for @usykaa for the Heavyweight Championship - by official order of the @IBFUSBAboxing 🔥🔥🔥🔥lets get the show on the road @EddieHearn #UsykHrgovic — Kalle & Nisse Sauerland (@SauerlandBros) November 12, 2022
It was quite a difficult match for our Filip, from which he still emerged as the winner, and now he has the chance of a lifetime against Oleksander Usyk. He mentioned Hrgovic and Tyson Fury when he was looking for an opponent for his return in the twelfth month, but in the end he decided on Derek Chisora, so Hrgovic was left with "short sleeves".
But now he has a great opportunity, and we can say the opportunity of a lifetime, because the excellent Usyk is waiting for him soon, although the exact date is still unknown. “We just got the news through that Oleksandr Usyk has been ordered to fight Filip Hrgovic next,” Eddie Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, confirmed to DAZN’s Claudia Trejos preceding a live telecast from Cleveland, Ohio.
“He is the mandatory challenger. We’ve actually requested an immediate purse bid for that fight. That’s going to be next for Oleksandr Usyk”. Usyk's manager and Fury's promoter Frank Warren have already said on several occasions that the two should meet in the ring in the first quarter of 2023, and if this is true, the question is what will happen with this match.
The fight between Usyk and Fury should be for the unification of the heavyweight titles, and if managers are to be believed, it will happen. What can I say but good luck to Filip if this match really happens, and it will truly be the biggest event for Croatian martial arts in a long time.