Filip Hrgovic chasing Anthony Joshua: IBF mandatory goal ahead of ‘toughest fight’ on Saturday | Boxing News

first_img Filip Hrgovic knocked out Eric Molina “He’s in a very good position after just 11 fights,” his co-promoter Nisse Sauerland, who works alongside Eddie Hearn, told Sky Sports.“To become mandatory is our aim.“(Current IBF mandatory challenger) Kubrat Pulev is fighting Joshua, then there is Charles Martin, Oleksandr Usyk (who is going the WBO route), Michael Hunter and Andy Ruiz Jr.“So hopefully, with a win on Saturday, he can jump into the top five.“The IBF is the route that has opened up for us. The WBC title will be tied up for quite a while.“The IBF stick to their mandatories and they are very regularly. So, for us, it is the soonest route.“The aim is to get a world title fight next year.” Hrgovic needed less than 60 seconds for this KO! Joshua defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Pulev on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office, then plans two fights against WBC champion Tyson Fury in 2021.Hrgovic’s most recent four opponents have been dispatched in less than nine combined rounds.“Hrgovic is very much avoided but I can’t blame guys for that,” Sauerland said.“They are all waiting for their big opportunity so why fight Hrgovic instead of holding out?“I don’t see any heavyweight coming close to Hrgovic.“Below the top guys, Tyson Fury and Joshua, it’s all to play for. And we believe Filip is top of the chasing pack.” 0:36 Hrgovic is undefeated in 11 fights Hrgovic is undefeated in 11 fights

Alder doubtful for Festival run

first_img “It’s looking unlikely that he’ll be there,” said Mullins. “He got a bruise on a hoof which put him back a few days. “It doesn’t look good. I’d previously said we needed everything to go right every single day and I put the mockers on myself. “I’d say it’s 60-40 against him running, at best, and we’ll know more in a few days. “As for Aintree and Punchestown, I’m just not sure. We’ll have to wait and see if it settles down.” Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Alderwood is unlikely to run at this year’s meeting, according to trainer Tom Mullins. Press Associationcenter_img The 10-year-old won the County Hurdle in 2012 before following up in the Grand Annual Chase at the meeting last year and is as short as 8-1 for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase this time around. However, he has not been seen since making his seasonal reappearance in October and while Mullins had been hoping for another Festival run, he admits it is “60-40 against” the gelding running at Cheltenham. last_img read more