Filip Hrgovic and Tony Yoka set to fight in heavyweight eliminator to decide Oleksandr Usyk mandatory challenger | Boxing News

Oleksandr Usyk may soon discover his next mandatory NFL contender after Tony Yoka agreed to a final elimination against Filip Hergovic.

Hrgovic suffered from a frustrating search for a heavyweight opponent, seeing that matches against Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker did not materialize, but Jukka accepted the invitation from FIFA three days before the deadline.

Ness Sauerland, who represents Hergovic, posted on Twitter: “Tonight Tony Yoka has formally accepted in writing the challenge to fight Filip Hergovic for the IBF Final Eliminator for the World Heavyweight Championship.”

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Filip Hergovic and Tony Yuka

Hrgovic and Yuka, both undefeated heavyweights, have previously fought at the amateur level, most famously in the heavyweight semi-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

France’s Yuka came out victorious and won the gold, with Herjović taking the bronze, but their next fight will be for a chance to challenge IBF, IBF and WBA champion Usyk.

For now, Usyk is preparing to defend their belts in this year’s rematch with Anthony Joshua.

Hrgovic, the highly-rated Croatian, has 12 knockouts out of 14 wins, while Juka has 9 knockouts out of 11.

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Exclusive footage from the fiery sparring session between Deontay Wilder and Filip Hrgovic in 2013

Hergovic’s frustrating search is over

Jukka’s agreement to a final disqualification puts an end to Hergovic’s search for a fight.

Ortiz, 42, was unable to accept the fight with Hergovic due to a hand injury he sustained in his January 1 win over Charles Martin.

Parker, who starred in a one-sided win over Derek Chisora ​​last month, was the next contender requested by FIFA.

But Parker’s manager David Higgins told Sky Sports he was dealing with an elbow injury.

Yuka vs. Hergovic
Juka beat Hergovic at the 2016 Olympics

“There is an economic problem with Hergovic,” Higgins added.

“[Hrgovic] He’s ranked high but doesn’t have a fan base, so the money offered is funny to someone like Parker.”

Briton Joe Joyce, who lost to Yuka in the final of the 2016 Olympics, would be next in line to fight Hergovic if Yuka, seeded No. 5 by FIFA, was not accepted.

Sky sports boxing schedule

Sunday January 16 – Highest ranking in New York
Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard – WBO Light Heavyweight Title

Sunday January 30th – Top Ranking in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator

Saturday 5 February – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

Saturday 19 February – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Keil Brook
The advent of Fraser Clark Pro

Josh Taylor vs. Jack Caterall – Undisputed Ultra-Lightweight Titles

Saturday, March 5th – Top Ranking in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza

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