Filip Hrgovic has his eyes on a clash with the winner of February’s big heavyweight showdown between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury, but first he will have to see his way past Australian Mark de Mori in Saudi Arabia.
The fight will take place on 23rd December as part of the undercard on the bill that sees Anthony Joshua take on Otto Wallin.
Hrgovic is unbeaten in his 16 professional fights and faces a 41-year-old opponent who has won 11 straight bouts since he was defeated in the first round by David Haye in 2016.
Here is everything you need to know before the showdown:
The fight between Hrgovic and De Mori will take place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s bout with Otto Wallin on 23rd December.
The programme for the 23rd December in Saudi Arabia has yet to be finalised, but with the main event expected to be at around 22:00 UK time, Hrgovic against De Mori is likely to take place earlier in the evening.
The Hrgovic-De Mori contest will form part of the Joshua-Wallin seven-fight undercard at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The 'Day of Reckoning' card will be available live on DAZN as a pay-per-view event in the UK, priced at £19.99.
Filip Hrgovic is the mandatory challenger for the IBF heavyweight title and will see this fight as a stepping stone to a possible tilt at the winner of the bout between Oleksander Usyk and Tyson Fury, which is planned for a Saudi Arabia showdown in February.
Zagreb-born Hrgovic has won all 16 of his professional fights, 13 of which have been inside the distance.
His last success came against Demsey McKean at the O2 Arena in August when he stopped the Australian in the final round.
He won the WBC International heavyweight title when beating Amir Mansour in his home city of Zagreb in 2018, and also won the IBF International heavyweight title by beating Rydell Booker in Florida in November 2020.
Mark de Mori is a 41-year-old Australian heavyweight who has won 41 of his 45 fights, with 36 of his successes coming inside the distance.
One of his two defeats came against David Haye in January 2016 after the Englishman had been absent from the ring for four years.
The London fighter stopped De Mori with just under a minute left of the first round in their clash at the O2 Arena.
The man from Perth has won all of his 11 fights since, with his last success a unanimous points decision victory over local boy Michael Speed Sigarlaki in Indonesia, coming in September.
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