Michael Hunter Reveals Why He Turned Down the Filip Hrgovic Fight – ‘We’re Talking About Business’

Published 05/15/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 6, 2019: US boxer Michael Hunter during a weigh-in ceremony on the eve of his heavyweight bout against Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


The Michael Hunter vs Filip Hrgovic matchup was in contention for a long time. In fact, the pair were all set to contend with each other for IBF heavyweight title fight eliminator. But the American boxer astonishingly pulled out of this fight and is all set to face Mike Wilson on June 19 instead.

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In a recent interview with SiriusXM Boxing, Hunter detailed his take on pulling out of the Hrgovic fight.

“Yeah, well, you know, I still would like to fight the animal. But we’re talking about the business. Triller just gave me something I could not deny. And we were definitely getting ready for Hrgovic. That was my only focus at that time but like you said, we’re talking about business. It’s always looked and frowned upon when a boxer does a good business move,” said Hunter.

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For the Hrgovic vs Hunter fight, the latter’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, submitted a bid of $6,06,666 which was supposed to be split in a 60/40 ratio between the two fighters. ‘The Bounty’ could have made approximately $3,64,000, and Hrgovic could have banked around $2,64,000.

But Hunter didn’t like this offer, and he then decided to pull out of this fight. He got a better deal with Triller, and consequently, the Californian opted to get his hands on this deal.

In his above interview, ‘The Bounty’ even admitted that it’s the promoters who make bad business moves at times. And a fighter should not be criticized if he decides to make good business moves.

Pulling out of the Filip Hrgovic fight: Was it a good move by Michael Hunter?

Michael Hunter ranks among the most intriguing boxing stalwarts. He has a powerful urge to fight for the heavyweight world title one day and the Hrgovic might just have turned his ticket to the same.

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If he had fought and won against the veteran, needless to say, Hunter would have put himself on top of the contention for the IBF heavyweight title shot.

But he’s rooted for a different way for now and he will look forward to molding the same in his favor. If Hunter really wishes to compete for the title one day. He will have to vanquish some stout names in the division and subsequently make his way to the summit.

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What do you draw off Hunter’s above comments? Do you think it was a fair move by him to pull out of the Hrgovic fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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