Tony Yoka has agreed to face Croatian boxer Filip Hrgovic in the IBF semi-final.
While his fight against Martin Bakole, scheduled for January 15, was postponed due to the return of the gauges linked to Covid-19, the French boxer was offered his former opponent in the semifinals of the 2016 Olympics but also in the quarter finals of the 2015 world championships.
In a video, Filip Hrgovic asked Tony Yoka to accept the proposal. And according to several reports, the Parisian quickly said yes to this clash which will allow the winner to be the official challenger to Oleksandr Usyk, IBF world champion. The Ukrainian is in the meantime set to face Anthony Joshua again for a rematch.
CONFIRMED: @TonyYoka has formally accepted tonight in writing the challenge to fight @Filip_Hrgovic in a final IBF Final Eliminator for the Heavyweight World Championship – El Animal has found a dance partner pic.twitter.com/LB0datFo4H
– Kalle & Nisse Sauerland (@SauerlandBros) January 13, 2022
“Hrgovic is a beast, he’s a tough fighter. I keep saying that the guy who fights Hrgovic and beats him will have 35% in the negotiations with Usyk right now or maybe Anthony Joshua. So this is the perfect place to be. Apparently Yoka wants the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn said in an interview with IFL TV. We spoke to Top Rank about this brilliant fight. I hope we can be successful. ”
For his part, Tyson Fury, WBC world heavyweight champion, posted a message on Instagram indicating that he was eager to see this fight between Tony Yoka and Filip Hrgovic.
— Said El Abadi (@SaidElabadi) January 13, 2022
From now on, all that remains is to wait to know when the fight will take place. In any case, boxing fans can’t wait to see the 2016 Olympic champion, unbeaten in 11 fights, pass a real test and open the doors to a world championship.
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