November 8, 2020 – Great news for the Croatian boxing world, as Filip Hrgovic books his 12th career victory!
Filip Hrgovic reached his 12th victory after defeating Rydell Booker with a technical knockout in Florida on Saturday evening. Booker entered the ring with 112.4 kilograms, 2.4 more than Hrgovic, but that couldn’t help him much in the end.
In the first round, Hrgovic proved just how much better he was, though he didn’t fully show his dominance over the American boxer until the second round when the judge had to count Booker twice.
His domination continued in the third round, but Booker held his own and showed why no one ever beat him by knocking him down. The best Croatian boxer continued with relentless attacks, and the judge decided that it was enough only in the fifth round. Booker could no longer defend himself and received so many heavy blows that the judge decided to stop the fight for his health.
“Thanks to Booker for accepting the fight. He’s a great warrior; he had a hard life. I had a good fight; a lot of tough plays, the referee made the right decision. I thought I would knock him out sooner, but I did a good job. Next, I want to fight the best in the division. Let’s go, people, sign the contract, it’s not that hard. I am impatient, I feel good, and I want a hard fight. Boxers mostly talk via Instagram and don’t want to fight El Animal. I need big names. Michael Hunter, Daniel Dubois, Povetkin, Dillian Whyte, Chisora, I want them all,” Hrgovic said after the fight.
This was Hrgovic’s 12th fight in his career and 12th win.
Hrgovic was weighed in on Friday before the fight with 110 kilograms, 2.4 kilograms less than his opponent.
“I didn’t come here to be Booker’s friend; I intend to finish him. You’ll see a great fight tomorrow before the knockout because I need to box him. I’m not just going to knock him out; I’m going to show my boxing skills,” he said before the fight.
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