Here’s Why Filip Hrgovic Is Looking For An Opponent Again
Filip Hrgovic is in search for an opponent again.
A contract dispute has affected the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Hrgovic and Tony Yoka, whose winner will take on the IBF heavyweight champion.
Yoka’s team were in talks to share the ring with Martin Bakole in January in Paris, but the fight fell through due to travel restrictions in France due to COVID-19.
According to Bakole’s team, the agreement stipulated that Yoka’s French promoter, Jerome Abiteboul, conveys the message with a written statement in case the fight is delayed or cancelled.
Bakole’s trainer and manager, Billy Nelson has claimed that the promoter then confirmed that the matchup would take place in March and a date that works best for French network Canal+ will be allocated for the bout.
Bakole’s legal team has also asked the IBF to rule that Yoka is unavailable to participate in the Hrgovic bout. They claimed that the IBF’s rule, that bars contracted boxers from taking part in other IBF sanctioned fights, is at work here.
As a result, the IBF ruled Yoka is ineligible to fight in the title eliminator.
The winner of the IBF title eliminator will then wait on the winner of the upcoming rematch between unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former champion Anthony Joshua, which is reportedly in the works for the spring.