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Filip Hrgović withdraws from the battle of Zhang Zhilei after his father’s death

Filip Hrgović (Photo courtesy of Cristiana Giustino /CC BY-SA 4.0).

Zagreb, May 4, 2022 – Croatia’s heavyweight boxer Filipfurgovic has withdrawn from the fight after fighting China’s Zhang Zhilei at the IBF Final Eliminator this weekend.

Hrgovic and Jirei were scheduled to co-star Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol Card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7, but Croats withdrew after his father Pero died last month. Did.

“Unfortunately, Hrgovic’s father died. He was so close to him that he couldn’t bother with this fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. Professional boxing fan After arriving in Las Vegas.

Scott Alexander of the United States will replace Hrgovic on Saturday night.

The IBF’s final eliminator battle was fantastic for Hrgovic. The Croats initially challenged Tony Yoka, Luis Ortiz, and Kiwi Joseph Parker, but all turned down before Zhang Zhilei agreed.

According to IBF rules, a 14-0 Hrgovic with a 12 KO will have a chance to fight Gilley at a later date if Jieli defeats Alexander.

The winner of the battle will be an essential IBF challenger for undefeated heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

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