Filip Hrgovic’s first pro fight in his native Croatia has taken a drastic change in plans—and a more dangerous challenge, to boot.
The unbeaten heavyweight—who captured a Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics—will now face Amir Mansour on September 8 in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. The American southpaw replaces originally scheduled Gary Cornish, a Scottish heavyweight who was medically scratched from the show.
Hrgovic is no stranger to tough challenges, having faced a competition level far advanced to most heavyweights still getting through their first full year in the pro ranks. The gifted former amateur standout and Olympic medalist is coming off of a 4th round knockout of previously unbeaten Filiberto Tovar in June, and in the 6’7″ Cornish had an opponent who boasted a rare height advantage over the 6’6″ Croatian.
Hrgovic Mansour Fight At Zagreb, Croatia:
- Filip Hrgovic vs. Amir Mansour, 10 rounds, heavyweights
- Agron Smakici vs. Gabriel Enguema, 8 rounds, heavyweights
Ivana Habazin will make the first defence of her IBO Female World Middleweight Championship against Gifty Amanua Ankrah on September 8 at the Arena Zagreb as chief support for Filip Hrgovic’s WBC International title challenge.
Habazin the former IBF Welterweight World Champion, who was involved in a historic unification fight with female pound-for-pound star Cecilia Brækhus in 2014, travelled to Vienna, Austria in March to claim the IBO World Middleweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Elene Sikmashvili..
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