The IBF reacted to the fact that the fight for the title of absolute world heavyweight champion between Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and Briton Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) will not take place until the end of the year – it was decided to appoint mandatory defense with Croat Filip Hrgovic (15-0, 12 KOs). It is with him that Mustache must fight next, as he owns the title of the organization (as well as the WBA Super and WBO belts).
Usyk’s promoter commented on the IBF decision, saying “It’s not all that bad.” Does it mean
is that Hrgovic is ready to accept the release clause and give up his right?
Responsible Croatian co-promoter Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing): “I repeat, we have already sent a request for an immediate promotional auction. It’s all spelled out in the IBF charter. And this means that Usyk’s team can no longer count on the right to request a postponement of the fight. This means that the only reprieve they can provide personally Hrgovic. But he’s not going to do that because he wants to fight for the belt.”
Hearn previously stated that “I have already spoken to some people who are trying to make Usyk vs Fury fight and they are a little upset that this decision could derail everything. At least for a while. But at the same time, what do I care? I represent Hrgovic, not Usyk or Fury. And I’m just doing my job.”
A little earlier, Usyk showed cars purchased for the Armed Forces of Ukraine: there is a video. And if you are suddenly interested in what the champion is doing with the money raised, then the promoter Alexander Krasyuk told about this (K2). He also previously announced all the mandatory contenders and the sequence of Usyk’s defenses. But something went wrong…