Tuesday, 29 October 2019

World Boxing Council Decision Crushes Olympic Dream for Filip Hrgovic

October 29, 2019 - A new decision by the World Boxing Council forces Croatian professional boxer Filip Hrgovic to make a tough decision about competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year. 

Gol.hr reports that Croatia's best boxer Filip Hrgovic, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, dreamed of winning the gold medal next year in Tokyo. For that reason, he recently engaged former coach Leonard Pietra and specific staff in the boxing federation. 

"Next year is the qualifying tournament, in May, and this is the last qualifying tournament. The plan for me and my team is to go to that tournament and to qualify that way. There have been some misunderstandings about the attitude of the Croatian Olympic Committee and the Croatian Boxing Federation towards my team and me. I believe that this will be smoothed over and that everything will be arranged for me to participate in that tournament, to qualify and, God willing, win an Olympic medal, and even better, Olympic gold,” Hrgovic said in March this year.

But it seems like nothing may come of that in the end. Namely, official confirmation from the most famous boxing organization (World Boxing Council) has said that all professional boxers are threatened with a two-year suspension if they decide to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

At the 57th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico, the views of organization leader Mauritius Sulaiman were confirmed, announcing a decision like this at the beginning of the month.

Sulaiman believes professionals should not fight young, underdeveloped amateurs, and therefore announced a repeat of the 1975 suspensions.

‘’We are inspired by the South Africa ban that my Father did with WBC in 1975 when we supported the efforts of Nelson Mandela to combat the horrible act of discrimination. The WBC started a ban on anyone who would participate in boxing in South Africa, supporting apartheid. So that is the inspiration and the message."

Discussing the pros who choose to fight amateurs in the Tokyo Olympics, Mauricio stressed: ‘’Well they’re simply expelled from WBC activity for two years.”

Recall, Hrgovic holds the WBC "International Champion" belt, a sort of regional title, and the third-highest in the organization.

Moving to another organization, such as the WBO, WBA, and IBF, is also not a solution for Filip as they will follow WBC decisions.

This decision also effects world champion Andy Ruiz, who considered performing for Mexico in Rio. 

Hrgovic's next match is on December 7 in Riyadh, as part of the introductory program of the big rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Filip Hrgović Debuts in America, Knocks Out Opponent in 60 Seconds

Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović debuted phenomenally to the American audience on Saturday. The Zagreb-native knocked out Texan heavyweight Gregory Corbin at the MGM National Harbor in Washington already in the first round, after only 60 seconds, leaving the American boxer unable to continue the fight. Thus, Filip Hrgović defended the WBC International Heavyweight Championship title for the second time in his career, reports T.portal on May 26, 2019. 

The fight we have long-awaited lasted exactly 60 seconds. Filip Hrgović confirmed that his high ranking did not come by chance, and also confirmed to Eddie Hearn that he made the right decision choosing him as one of the European boxers on a mission to conquer the US market.

The Croatian 'El Animal' was presented to the American public and the world in the best possible way, defending the WBC title at the show that was broadcast by the current leading streaming media of the boxing world, DAZN.

Contrary to the announcements and expectations that he would fight defensively and wait for his chance, Filip Hrgović became a favorite from the first second of the fight. As soon as the referee called for the fight to start, Hrgović pushed Corbin to the ropes and made him uncomfortable immediately, showing no mercy. Hrgović showed his strength and denied Corbin the chance into the middle of the ring. And to display his total domination, he landed a devastating right hand to put Corbin to sleep in the first minute. 

The 122 kg Corbin fell to the floor and tried to make his way back to his feet in the next five seconds. He succeeded, but could not keep his balance. The referee signaled the end of the fight. 

Recall, the 26-year-old Filip Hrgović moved to Miami in April for his U.S. debut. Hrgović won the bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Boxer Filip Hrgović Leaves Croatia to Continue Professional Career in Miami

Croatia’s best boxer Filip Hrgović is leaving Croatia to live his dream in the United States, reports RTL on March 27, 2019. 

In front of Hrgović is a new career challenge - the professional boxer is not just moving to the United States for a training camp, but will make it his home for the next few years. Miami, specifically, will be his new home. 

“I say, when you are at home, you're in a comfort zone, and that's why I think I need to isolate myself. I need to go where no one knows me, where I can devote myself only to training and that is the only way I will get to my maximum,” the WBC intercontinental champion said.

Hrgović must give his maximum, because his next match is scheduled just eight weeks away, on May 18, in Chicago. Although he does not yet know the name of the opponent, it will be the predecessor of the great Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk.

Ever since his career began, Hrgović worshipped celebrities like Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s promoter.

“One day I sent them a list of opponents, five of them, and they told me - ‘Anyone’. And when I talked to Kalle Sauerland, he told me that Filip had told him - ‘Why are you asking me all these things?’ When he was asked about who he wants to fight,” revealed Eddie Hearn.

It does not matter against whom for Hrgović, but where. And his last two fights were in Zagreb.

"Joshua is fighting in America now, Kubrat Pulev, Usyk, Povetkin, me. When you are with the big players, you can expect great things. Throughout a couple of years, this will culminate, and I believe that some of the biggest matches in the history of the category will happen,” Hrgović said with hope.

"I cannot wait, I already started getting ready on Monday. The first couple of days have passed, and Pedro sent me the program from Miami."

Hrgović travels to Hamburg on Friday for a ten-day preparation. Using a one-way ticket, he will then touchdown in Miami, his new home and where he will base his training. It is time for America to meet a new star.

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Rising Croatian Star Filip Hrgović Signs Major Deal!

February 15, 2019 - It is well known in the boxing world that Filip Hrgović is one of the heavyweight division’s brightest rising stars. However, the young boxer who is known for winning the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, made a significant move on Thursday by signing a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.

Team Sauerland, who signed Hrgović after the 2016 Olympics, had been trying to get gauge interest from a number of promoters but none were better than Hearn. Hearn offered the team unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua, who is a major future target for Hrgović as he establishes himself in the sport. One of the biggest facts about the deal is that Hrgović’s fights will be streamed on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and DAZN in the United States.

Hrgović (7-0, 5 KOs), is a 6-foot-6, 26-year-old, who is taking the sport by storm since he has turned professional and this is a major stepping stone for the young star, who carries his country on his shoulders in his journey for a world title.

Text by Thomas Mustać

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Croatian Boxer Filip Hrgović Gets Closer to World's Best: "I Can Compete with Anyone"

After another new victory, Croatia’s best boxer Filip Hrgović is getting closer to the world's top.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Filip Hrgović Wins The Olympic Bronze Medal

The Croatian boxer lost to Tony Yoka by split decision

Friday, 19 August 2016

Schedule Of Croatian Participation At The Olympics For Friday - Filip Hrgović

Every day, TCN brings you the itinerary of Croatian athletes' participation at the Olympics, today, there is only one, but literally, one of the strongest there is

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Filip Hrgović Secures One More Olympic Medal For Croatia!

The Croatian boxer knocked out Cuba’s Leiner Eunice Pero in the dying seconds of the second round

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

D-Day For Croatian Athletes At The Olympics

TCN brings you the itinerary of Croatian athletes' participation at the Olympics (all times are in Central European Time Zone)

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Filip Hrgović In The Quarterfinals Of The Olympic Boxing Tournament!

The Croatian boxer beat Ali Eren Demirezen after the unanimous judge's decision

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