Filip Hrgović and Tony Yoka to Fight in IBF Final Eliminator

Daniela Rogulj

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Filip Hrgović has finally won the fight of his career! His opponent will be his biggest rival yet, Frenchman Tony Yoka, reports

After famous boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced the news, it was officially confirmed by Hrgović’s managers, the Sauerland brothers. 

“CONFIRMED: @TonyYoka has formally accepted tonight in writing the challenge to fight @Filip_Hrgovic in a final IBF Final Eliminator for the Heavyweight World Championship – El Animal has found a dance partner,” reads their announcement on Twitter. 

Recall, due to COVID-19, the Frenchman lost the fight against Martin Bakole, while Hrgović was rejected by Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker. Yoka received a tempting offer as the next ranked fighter. 

Tony Yoka is arguably the best boxer against whom Hrgovic will meet in the ring for the first time as a professional fighter. Recall, the two have fought three times in amateur competitions. The French boxer won twice and became the Olympic champion in 2016, beating Filip Hrgović in the super heavyweight semifinals by a controversial split decision. Yoka went on to win the gold medal over Joe Joyce after an even more disputed call. 

Both boxers are currently undefeated as professional boxers – Yoka (11-0, 9 KO) and Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KO). 

Negotiations on the division of earnings and the location of the fight will follow. But one thing is for certain – it will be the biggest boxing spectacle in Filip’s career. 

As for the position of the main challenger of the IBF champion, the winner of this fight will have the opportunity to box for the IBF champion belt. However, when that will take place is not yet clear because this belt is held by Oleksandr Usik who will fight Joshua first, and then await Tyson Fury, and so on. 

A victory would surely bring Hrgovic great things, while a defeat would be a big step backward in his career.

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