The top Croatian prospect is coming to America.
Filip Hrgovic, who won bronze as a super heavyweight at Rio 2016, is making his U.S. debut on the May 25 Usyk-Takam card in Oxon Hill, Maryland, which will stream live on DAZN.
Hrgovic has looked good as a pro so far, going 7-0 (5 KO) in Croatia, Germany, and Latvia, and already has wins over Amir Mansour and Kevin Johnson in his last two.
“I look forward to making my American debut on May 25. I’m very excited because the entire heavyweight division is moving to the U.S. and the U.S. is the best place for big fights at the moment,” Hrgovic said.
“I think American fans will love my style because I’m not a classic distance fighter. I’m constantly trying to fight and throwing many punches. The fans can expect some excellent fights from me.”
Hrgovic will face 38-year-old Dallas fighter Greg Corbin (15-1, 9 KO), who helped make boxing look terrible in an FS1-televised bout against former titleholder Charles Martin, which aired directly before the Spence-Garcia pay-per-view on March 16, meant to warm curious fans up and encourage them to buy the big event.
In that fight, Corbin showed an ability to take a punch, but that’s about it. He didn’t throw much of anything back against Martin, then lost points in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds for low blows, until finally he was disqualified in the eighth round for another one.
“My opponent Greg Corbin is very good,” Hrgovic said for the purpose of a press release, “and I think he is an excellent choice for this stage of my career. I will prepare for this fight as if it were for a world title so I’m sure it will be a great match up.”
“It will be a good test for me because he is more experienced than me, we can see that from his record, and I believe he will come in his best possible shape so it will be an exciting match for viewers around world watching on DAZN.”
Corbin is looking for some redemption, which is fair enough.
“I am looking forward to getting straight back in there on May 25,” said Corbin. “This is a chance for me to redeem myself after the Martin fight. There were a lot of distractions for me in the build-up to that one, but this time I’m fully focused on Hrgovic. There’s a lot of hype around this guy with his amateur background and his start in the pros. Let’s see if he can back it up.”
“American fight fans are in for a treat. On May 25 they will witness a future star of the heavyweight division,” said Hrgovic’s promoter Nisse Sauerland. “Filip Hrgovic is on a fast track for heavyweight gold.”
“Filip Hrgovic is an incredibly talented fighter and this could be a breakthrough year for the young Croatian,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “His amateur pedigree is outstanding and I share Team Sauerland’s excitement about his future. He’s going to be a real player in the division.”