Oleksandr Usyk may quickly uncover his subsequent IBF obligatory challenger after Tony Yoka accepted a remaining eliminator towards Filip Hrgovic.
Hrgovic has endured a irritating seek for a heavyweight opponent, seeing bouts towards Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker fail to materialise, however Yoka accepted the invitation from the IBF simply earlier than the three-day deadline.
“Tony Yoka has formally accepted tonight in writing the problem to battle Filip Hrgovic in a remaining IBF Ultimate Eliminator for the heavyweight world championship,” Nisse Sauerland, who represents Hrgovic, posted on Twitter.
“‘El Animal has discovered a dance associate.”
Hrgovic and Yoka, each unbeaten heavyweights, have fought earlier than at newbie stage, most famously within the super-heavyweight semi-finals on the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Frenchman Yoka emerged victorious and went on to win the gold medal, with Hrgovic taking bronze, however their subsequent battle shall be for a possibility to problem IBF, WBO and WBA champion Usyk.
For now, Usyk is ready to defend his belts in a rematch with Anthony Joshua this yr.
Hrgovic, the extremely ranked Croat, has 12 knockouts from his 14 victories, whereas Yoka has 9 from 11.
Hrgovic’s irritating search involves an finish
Yoka agreeing to the ultimate eliminator brings an finish to Hrgovic’s seek for a battle.
Ortiz, 42, was not capable of settle for a battle with Hrgovic on account of a hand harm sustained in his victory over Charles Martin on January 1.
Parker, who impressed in a one-sided win towards Derek Chisora final month, was the following contender ordered by the IBF.
However Parker’s supervisor David Higgins informed Sky Sports activities that he’s coping with an elbow harm.
“There may be an financial drawback with Hrgovic,” Higgins added.
“[Hrgovic] has attained a excessive rating however has no fan base so the cash on supply is laughable for someone like Parker.”
Britain’s Joe Joyce, who was overwhelmed by Yoka within the 2016 Olympic remaining, would have been subsequent in line to be focused to battle Hrgovic had Yoka, ranked quantity 5 by the IBF, not accepted.
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