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Filip Hrgovic has his sights set on the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois

Filip Hrgovic vs Demsey McKean. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

IBF number one contender Filip ‘El Animal’ Hrgovic 16-0 (13) has made his prediction for the upcoming unified heavyweight title fight between champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) and challenger Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18).

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against 25-year-old Brit Dubois at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

Hrgovic sees the champion leaving the ring with his belts while conceding that anything can happen in boxing.

The 31-year-old Croatian has a vested interest in the result. He has long coveted a shot at Usyk but is willing to face whoever comes out victorious.

“I hope it happens, I should fight Usyk next, I deserve that,” Hrgovic said.

“I will go there to watch that fight from ringside. I see Usyk as the big favourite to win that fight because he is quicker and he is a really good fighter, but Dubois is a good puncher, a big guy with a straight right hand, so you never know.

“My message is: follow the rules and the winner should fight me next.”


Hrgovic is coming off a tougher than expected fight against previously undefeated Australian Demsey ‘The Tower of Terror’ McKean 22-1 (14) on the undercard of heavyweight fight between former two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua and late replacement Robert Helenius.

Hrgovic got better of the early going but southpaw McKean, 32, weathered the storm and made things difficult in the middle rounds of the fight. With the bout looking likely to go to the cards, Hrgovic stunned McKean early in the 12th round and went on to close the show with just under two minutes remaining in the bout.

“I am satisfied and the fact that he held a lot, that made the fight a little bit ugly,” Hrgovic said.

“The referee should have given him at least one point deduction. He was holding too much, but he’s a good fighter, brave and was really well prepared. But I was controlling the fight and was winning most of the rounds.

“I thought I was going to knock him out in the first six rounds but he did very well. He’s a decent fighter. I was surprised that he took some good shots and kept coming and throwing punches.”

Hrgovic was having his first fight since he escaped a bullet against Chinese puncher Zhilei Zhang 25-1-1 (20) one year ago in a bout that many fans and pundits thought he was lucky to win.

“I am glad the fight with Zhang happened,” Hrgovic said in the lead up to the McKean fight.

“I didn’t look very well but I know that was my worst night. I beat a good fighter, you saw what he did to Joe Joyce, he showed he’s a top ten heavyweight and on my worst night I beat him.

“That’s good that I had that performance and people can underestimate me, because I know that I can do much better and I didn’t take this fight with Demsey lightly and I am ready for anything.”