As BoxingScene.com prior to now reported, Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) will collide with China’s undefeated Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1, 19 KOs) in an IBF final eliminator.
The bout will land as part of the undercard to the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua – who battle for the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight straps on August 20th in Saudi Arabia.
Hrgovic is ranked amount 3 underneath the IBF, with various other fighters passing on the selection to face him in a final eliminator.
The 30-year-old Olympic bronze medalist is aiming to topple Zhang and then switch forward to the winner of Usyk vs. Joshua.
“I acknowledge a fighter like Zhilei Zhang, in particular as there were a large number of others who may have fought me and didn’t. The honor stays outside the ring, and it’ll be trade as standard for me once I step in there and look to do what I do absolute best; put other folks away,” discussed Hrgovic.
“There’s a huge amount at stake in this combat. I’m a fighter who belongs at the top of this division, and there’ll be evidently about this when Zhang is treated and I am going on to conquer whoever it is out of Usyk or Joshua.”
He persisted,” I’m getting into my prime, and now is the very best time to be putting myself up against the perfect fighters in this division. I will become the heavyweight champion of the sector.”
Zhang, as a result of his age of 39, needs a win to stay throughout the mix with the elite names.
He moreover has power in every fingers and expects his toughest day shuttle thus far in coping with Hrgovic.
“I’m looking forward to August 20,” discussed Zhang. “My staff and I have been grinding every hour of on a daily basis for this combat. Hrgovic is going to be the toughest opponent in my professional career. A victory will secure me the IBF mandatory challenger position, which is why this combat is so vital to me. I will be in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”