Hrgovic is coming off a first-round knockout win over Mark De Mori in Saudi Arabia as he retained his IBF interim heavyweight belt. While he was linked with the Joshua fight, Joshua chose to face Ngannou. Parker’s win over Deontay Wilder has put him in the conversation for the biggest fights.
A fight with Hrgovic takes him a step closer to a world title by becoming mandatory for the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. Parker is the former WBO heavyweight champion who lost his belt to Joshua. A win over Hrgvoic could help him get the rematch. Hrgovic was fully focused on facing Parker.
Filip Hrgovic, the IBF’s mandatory heavyweight title challenger, says he’s ready to fight Joseph Parker on March 8 in Riyadh on the Joshua-Ngannou undercard. Parker, who upset Wilder last month, listed Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang as opponents he’s said yes to fighting. pic.twitter.com/eIvdPbZCaK
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 10, 2024
“El Animal in the house. I heard Joseph Parker wants to fight me in March on the Joshua-Ngannou undercard. I am very happy to hear that. I am ready. I accept your offer, Joe. Let’s do it. Let’s go, baby. Let’s get down. Let’s get down to business. See you soon,” Filip Hrgovic said
There is no pressure on Hrgovic to take the fight. He has the IBF mandatory position and could wait for the winner of Fury-Usyk. Since they have a rematch clause, the winner will likely get stripped, meaning Hrgovic fights for the full title against the second-ranked fighter in the IBF rankings, which will be Joshua once it is updated. Parker has shown he can cause an upset on the biggest stage with the Wilder win, so Hrgovic must be wary.
Hrgovic down to fight the best risk his IBF position
not afraid to lose his 0
Can only respect it
— 🥊Benji (@JhusLeftarm) January 10, 2024
This would be an interesting battle of styles. The winner gets AJ for the title! 👍
— Ben Pearce (@benpearcetalks) January 10, 2024
Great fight get it on
— Ellis (@Ellis_960) January 10, 2024