Eddie Hearns Provides an Update on Michael Hunter vs. Filip Hrgovic – How Will It Affect the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Fight?

Published 04/01/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 13: Michael Hunter celebrates victory after the IBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title fight between Martin Bakole Ilunga and Michael Hunter at York Hall on October 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The heavyweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the sport right now. Along with the top contenders, there are several boxers on the verge of challenging for the titles. Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic fall into this category. And now, we have an update on their potential bout.

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Both Hrgovic and Hunter rank high in the different sanctioning bodies. In addition, many experts have suggested that Hrgovic will be the next big thing in the heavyweight division. It now appears the two will fight, with the winner getting a shot at the ultimate prize.

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Michael Benson from TalkSPORT was the first to report the news. He took to his Twitter account to break the news and wrote, “Eddie Hearn has stated that Filip Hrgovic vs Michael Hunter is heading for purse bids – scheduled for next Tuesday, April 6th. The fight is a final eliminator to determine the next mandatory for Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title.”

This tweet revealed many aspects that could affect the division. With the fight going for a purse bid, we may see Triller hijack the bid yet again. In addition, this report also revealed the significance of the bout for the division.

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How will the Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic bout affect the Tyson Fur vs. Anthony Joshua event?

This report revealed that the two parties could not agree to a deal. Both Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic are contenders on the rise, and thus, it would have been difficult to agree on a deal. However, they will not have to fight for the highest bid. But what will the bout mean for the Fury-Joshua fight?

With the fight being the final eliminator, the winner of the Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic bout will become the mandatory for the IBF belt. However, by then, the heavyweight division will have an undisputed champion.

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In addition, Joshua and Fury have a two-fight deal in place. So even though the winner of Hrgovic vs. Hunter will be mandatory, Fury and Joshua will have to pay them to step aside if they want to get the rematch.

This, and the Oleksandr Usyk situation, only increases the complication in the division. However, it looks likely that the two Fury-Joshua fights will take precedence over any other bouts.

What do you make of this news? Do you think the winner of Michael Hunter vs. Filip Hrgovic deserves to be mandatory?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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