Boxer Filip Hrgovic to Fight Jerry ‘Slugger’ Forrest in Oxon Hill, USA

Daniela Rogulj

March 9, 2020 – Croatian heavyweight talent Filip Hrgovic will face Jerry ‘Slugger’ Forrest on April 17 in Oxon Hill, USA. 

ESPN reports that one of the most interesting heavyweight talents, bronze Olympic medalist Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8 KO) will compete on April 17 in Oxon Hill against Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KO), an American boxer who missed fighting Murat Gassijew in February due to the Russian’s injury.

The 31-year-old ‘Slugger’ has no significant victories on his account, but in July last year, he fought an even, losing duel against the undefeated Jermaine Franklin. It was his first defeat since 2014, when he lost against Michael Hunter. Forrest’s third defeat took place in August 2013, when Gerald Washington knocked him out. It is worth noting that Forrest is small for a heavyweight (185 cm tall), but with a nearly two-meter reach. 

Forrest has 26 wins and three losses and has registered 20 victories with a knockout. Boxrec ranks him as the 93rd heavyweight in the world and the 23rd best American boxer in the royal category, which is nowhere near the references Filip had hoped for his next rival. Forrest began his career in 2012, and in the next two fights, he met his most famous opponents – Gerald Washington and Michael Hunter, against both of whom he suffered defeat.

The last fight for the 27-year-old Hrgovic was in Saudi Arabia last December. ‘El Animal’ knocked out Eric Molina in the third round. It was said that in the spring, the Croatian boxer could cross gloves in Great Britain against Martin Bakole, though this has been put on hold for now. 

The reason for the not-so-challenging fight against Forrest is that Hrgovic has Olympic qualifications in May. It all depends on whether the Croatian champion Marko Milun manages to qualify for the games in March in the European tournament. If he fails, Hrgovic will most likely prepare for the May tournament. At the moment, the Zagreb heavyweight is located in Miami.

Hrgovic and Forrest will meet in Oxon Hill, a small town near Washington, next month. Besides the Hrogvic fight, the program also includes Regis Prograis vs Maurice Hooker, Luke Campbell vs Javier Fortuna, Cecilia Braekhus vs Jessica McCaskill, and Danijar Jeleussinow vs Julius Indongo.

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