Tony Yoka agrees to face Filip Hrgovic in IBF playoff bout, says Eddie Hearn


Eddie Hearn reports that Tony Yoka accepted the IBF playoff bout with Filip Hrgovic to determine the mandatory IBF world title contender held by Oleksandr Usyk.

Discussions have started with the promoter of Top Rank for the fight to take place.

The winner of the IBF elimination bout, Yoka vs. Hrgovic, will occupy the position of mandatory contender for the world title held by Oleksandr Usyk (19-0-0, 13 KOs), and could touch 35% in terms of revenue sharing for the championship fight.

This is a great opportunity for Yoka to be able to get a fight for a world title.

A victory of Yoka would guarantee him to receive a huge purse against the winner of the rematch Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua.

This fight could be facing Anthony Joshua (24-2-0, 22 KOs) if he defeats Usyk (19-0-0, 13 KOs) in their rematch in April, and it would be a big payday for the fight winner then. Yoka vs. Hrgovic.

After the refusal of two fighters (Luis Ortiz and Joseph parker) to take part in the elimination bout for the IBF against “El Animal” Hrgovic (14-0-0, 12 KOs), Yoka (11-0-0, 9 KOs) the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, accepted the fight.

Yoka beat twice Hrgovic in the amateur ranks; last time at the 2016 Olympics:

“Now it’s Yoka. Hrgovic is a beast; he is a tough fighter! ” said Eddie Hearn via iFL TV.

“I keep saying that the guy who faces Hrgovic, if he beats him, can get 35% in the negotiations with current champion Usyk or maybe Anthony Joshua. So that’s a good position to occupy. “

“Apparently Yoka accepts the confrontation. We spoke to Top Rank about this duel. It’s a brilliant fight! ” Hearn said on the Yoka vs. Hrgovic.

“Hopefully we can do it. “

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