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Joseph Parker Rejects an IBF Final Eliminator Fight Against Filip Hrgovic

Published 01/06/2022, 7:45 AM EST

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Joseph Parker rejected the IBF final eliminator against Filip Hrgovic, but he was not the first to do so. Previously, Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz was the first to decline the fight. As a result of this, the IBF will move further down the rankings to search for an opponent for Hrgovic.

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The IBF initially offered the fight to 42-year-old Luis Ortiz, who declined the fight for obvious reasons. Ortiz is aging and did not put up an impressive performance in his last fight against Charles Martin.

All the belts in the heavyweight division rest on the shoulders of two individuals. While Tyson Fury holds the WBC and Ring Magazine belts, Oleksandr Usyk holds the IBF, WBA, WBO straps. ‘The Cat’ will defend his titles in 2022 against Anthony Joshua.

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Tyson Fury, on the other hand, is still on the lookout for his next opponent to defend his WBC title while he waits for the Joshua vs Usyk rematch. Fury initially looked to fight Joshua, however, after Usyk shocked the world, it left Fury hanging in the middle with no matches to make.

Subsequently, the winner of the Joshua vs Usyk fight will look to become the ‘undisputed’ heavyweight champion by taking on Tyson Fury in a super fight. Hence, the rest of the heavyweights will just have to wait till the top dogs of the division duke it out for all the laurels.

Joseph Parker vs Derek Chisora – Results


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In the highly awaited rematch, the New Zealand native looked to get a solid win over Chisora. The first time the pair fought, Parker won the bout via a disputed split decision win in May 2021.

Seven months later, the former WBO champion made the most of the rematch and showed the world that he is the better fighter.


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Parker Joseph Parker knocked down the aging Chisora three times during the course of the fight to secure a majority decision win (115-110, 115-111, and 114-112) and hold on to the WBO intercontinental belt.


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Allan Binoy


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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.
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