Tony Yoka vs. Filip Hrgovic Winner to Face Oleksandr Usyk

Published 01/14/2022, 9:30 AM EST
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


After much rigmarole, Filip Hrgovic finally has a fight in line against Tony Yoka. Hrgovic was desperate to lock horns with a fellow heavyweight who could advance him for a fight against any top name. That said, the Croatian fighter now has a worthy challenger in hand, and the winner of this fight will lock horns with the unified champ, Oleksandr Usyk.

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Usyk is in the most lucrative spot as he sits with the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles. That said, both Hrgovic and Yoka will be eager to maximize this opportunity to possibly face the champ.

Michael Benson broke this news on Twitter.

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Tony Yoka has now officially accepted the fight with Filip Hrgovic as an IBF final eliminator, according to Hrgovic’s co-promoter Kalle Sauerland. Winner will become Oleksandr Usyk’s next IBF mandatory challenger.” he added.

For now, Usyk is in contention to face the Brit Anthony Joshua in a rematch this year. ‘The Cat’ upset ‘AJ’ in September 2021 by beating him with a unanimous decision. However, Joshua triggered the rematch clause and now a fight between them is expected in the first half of 2022.

Till Usyk settles his feud with the Briton star, Hrgovic and Yoka will have the opportunity to roll out a sensational fight for the fans.

Hrgovic has the IBF international heavyweight title, and he’s constantly popping up in the limelight. Moreover, his undefeated stint and KO record are one to watch for before he steps in the ring to meet Tony Yoka.

Filip Hrgovic – A favorite to meet Oleksandr Usyk in a potential title collision

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Filip Hrgovic has 14 pro-boxing wins, out of which 12 came in via finishes. Also, he has rightly given his best shot to reach the top.

That said, he’s in the best momentum to walk past Tony Yoka and line himself up for a fight with the champ, Usyk. This might be once in a lifetime opportunity for Hrgovic and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares against Yoka.

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Who will you be rooting for between Filip Hrgovic and Tony Yoka? Do you envision Hrgovic going against Oleksandr Usyk?

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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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