The IBF has but to fill the heavyweight necessary challenger emptiness left behind by Kubrat Pulev; contemplating the present push for complete unification and ensuing cluster[expletive] of conflicting obligations, that’s not an enormous shock. That stated, #4 contender Michael Hunter claims that with #3 Oleksandr Usyk otherwise occupied, the sanctioning ordered him to face #2 Charles Martin in a remaining eliminator, and since “Prince” “pulled out,” the brand new order would see him face #5 Filip Hrgovic.
This matchup has some historical past behind it. Hrgovic’s (12-0, 10 KO) promoter, Nisse Sauerland, raised the possibility back in November, however just lately switched gears in favor of making an attempt to stage Hrgovic vs. Martin Bakole when negotiations with Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KO). Ought to Hrgovic decide to the Bakole combat, that may presumably go away Hunter to face #6 Joseph Parker, who meets Junior Fa this coming weekend.
That stated, I do hope this one comes collectively, because it’s a very fascinating matchup. Hrgovic has run by means of all comers up to now, however Hunter could be by far his stiffest take a look at, having derailed one other robust prospect in Bakole and fought Alexander Povetkin to a aggressive draw two fights again. It’d be a rattling sight extra interesting than watching Hunter face the likes of Shawn Laughery and Hrgovic combat Rydell Booker.