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Filip Hrgovic will make US debut on May 25, live on DAZN

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Highly-touted heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic will make his U.S. debut on May 25, Matchroom Boxing announced Friday afternoon.

The unbeaten Hrgovic will face Gregory Corbin at the MGM National Grand in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The 10-round bout, including the heavyweight debut of Aleksandr Usyk, who faces Carlos Takam, will stream live on DAZN.

Hrgovic (7-0, 5 KOs), who recently signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, had a stellar amateur career that culminated in bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

In his last bout on Dec. 8, Hrgovic defeated former world title challenger Kevin Johnson over eight one-sided rounds. The 26-year-old, who resides in Zagreb, Croatia, knocked out Amir Mansour in his previous fight.

Hrgovic will now be promoted by Matchroom and Sauerland Promotions.

“Filip Hrgovic is an incredibly talented fighter and this could be a breakthrough year for the young Croatian,” said Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. “His amateur pedigree is outstanding and I share Team Sauerland’s excitement about his future. He’s going to be a real player in the division.”


Hrgovic, who is trained by Pedro Diaz in Miami, Florida, is looking forward to making a strong impression on boxing fans in the U.S.

“I am pleased that my promoter, Team Sauerland, has made an agreement with Matchroom and DAZN that will enable me to fight in America,” said Hrgovic. “I believe DAZN is the future of boxing and they will give their viewers the best matchups in the history of the heavyweight division.”

“I look forward to making my American debut on May 25th. I’m very excited because the entire heavyweight division is moving to the U.S. and the U.S. is the best place for big fights at the moment. I think American fans will love my style because I’m not a classic distance fighter. I’m constantly trying to fight and throw many punches. The fans can expect some excellent fights from me.”

Corbin (15-1, 9 KOs), who resides in Dallas, Texas was disqualified in his last bout on Mar. 16 for repeatedly landing low blows against former titleholder Charles Martin.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing


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