Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Filip Hrgovic Takes Out Amir Mansour in Three

Filip Hrgovic (6-0, 5 KOS) delivered a statement performance last night to claim the WBC International Heavyweight Championship with a sensational third-round knockout win over Amir Mansour (23-3-1, 16 KOs) at the Arena Zagreb in Croatia.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist, fighting in his home country for the first time as a professional, dominated the former WBC United States Champion, showcasing his superior ring craft and power to capture his first major title.
Hrgovi?, now training with Cuban coach Pedro Diaz, started strongly hurting ‘Hardcore’ Mansour with a pinpoint right hand in the first-round. The onslaught continued in the second stanza as ‘El Animal’ continued to assert his dominance on the fight.

Mansour attempted to fight back in the third, having taken a knee following a straight right left hook combination, which left the American veteran open to further punishment. He was sent back to the canvas by a flurry of punches from Hrgovi? and counted out by referee Daniel Van De Wiele with 51 seconds of the round remaining.
“I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support,” said Hrgovi?. “I hope that everyone is satisfied with my performance. I have to thank my team, my promoter Team Sauerland, my coach Pedro Diaz and all the people that came here to support me.
“Amir Mansour is a good fighter, a terrific warrior, who gave it his all. I was very well prepared for this fight. I could feel the improvements from the two months I spent in Miami with Pedro. I am happy to have given my fans in Croatia such a performance.

"Out of all the names in the world, I’m ready to fight anyone next. To become World Champion you have to fight the best. Whoever they bring, I'm not afraid to fight anyone."

Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland was ringside at the Arena Zagreb and suitably impressed with what he saw from the Croatian heavyweight star:

“That was a very impressive performance from Filip,” said Sauerland. “Amir Mansour is a good fighter and we expected him to give Filip a tough test. This shows Filip's pedigree. He is a future World Champion. I believe he can challenge for a World title in 5 to 6 fights.”
"We're dealing with a very special talent here," added Nisse Sauerland. "If you look at the level of opposition for Filip’s first six fights, there's no comparison with the current crop of heavyweight. We will continue to increase this level in his next fights. Anyone who watched him tonight would agree, that he's a World Champion in waiting."

Ivana Habazin successfully defended her IBO Female World Middleweight title against Gifty Amanua Ankrah on the undercard in Zagreb, while German light heavyweight Leon Bunn improved to 11-0 with the sixth-round stoppage of Emmanuel Feuzeu, Damir Beljo scored a unanimous points over Lukas Paszkowsky and Ema Kozin and Irais Hernandez fought to a draw in their WBC Silver Female Super Middleweight showdown.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;19084394]No offense but Mansour is 46 years old. If you can't beat him then you don't belong in boxing.[/QUOTE] this, in a nutshell.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 09-10-2018

gotta catch this one on the tube

Comment by BostonGuy on 09-10-2018

I like this Hrgovic. He's got good size and athleticism, his punches and movement are very fluid and he has an aggressive style. At 6-0 and beating Mansour so easily, he looks like a promising prospect.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 09-10-2018

Hrgovic did it better than Breazeale.

Comment by etech1 on 09-10-2018

[QUOTE=FairPlay;19084938]One thing not mentioned is that Hrgovic's ring walk song was sung by nazi-glorifying singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, and that this oaf dedicated the fight to Perkovic. Birds of a feather, it seems.[/QUOTE] O NO!! He might be one of…

Top Headlines
Daniel Roman, Akhmadaliev - Face-Off, Final Presser Tevin Farmer, Joseph Diaz - Face-Off, Final Presser Demetrius Andrade, Luke Keeler - Face-Off, Final Presser Joseph Parker: After My Next Fight There Are A lot of Big Fights That We Can Make Golden Boy Matchmaker: Diaz Demanded Farmer Fight DiBella: Farmer-Diaz, Roman-Akhmadaliev Would've Been Classic B.A.D. Doubleheader Yordenis Ugas in Top Form For Mike Dallas Clash Ruben Villa Aims To Play It Smart With Dangerous Collado Oubaali vs. Donaire: TGB Promotions Wins Purse Bid For Title Fight Fortuna, Campbell Reach Deal For WBC Lightweight Title Fight, Avoid Purse Bid Joseph Diaz: I Can't Wait To Shut Tevin Farmer Up! Farmer: After I Beat Diaz, 1-2 More Fights at 130, Then Going To 135 Tommy Coyle Announces Retirement From Boxing Whyte is Backing Derek Chisora To Shock Oleksandr Usyk Daniel Roman: I Want My Name To Be Mentioned As The Best Of The Night Jarrett Hurd Unconcerned With Boos; Trainer 'Loved' What He Saw Fury Trainer Steward: Tyson Will Get Secret Kronk KO Power Ramirez: I'd Prefer To Go Straight To Josh Taylor After Postol Fight Andy Lee Expects Tough Task in Getting Foes For Paddy Donovan Lee Haskins Sees Defensive Flaws in David Oliver Joyce Manager: Parker Has Too Much Pedigree, Class For Daniel Dubois Hearn Sees Saudi Arabia Beating Out UK To Secure Joshua-Fury Andrade's Timetable Has Changed, But The Plan Remains The Same Arum Confident Crawford Can Hold His Own With McGregor in UFC Besputin Awaits B-Sample Outcome, Requests More Information Nico Hernandez Makes Bare Knuckle Debut on March 14 Joshua vs. Pulev Talks Continue, As Deal - And Deadline - Draws Near Diaz: To Win World Title On Super Bowl Card Is Opportunity Of A Lifetime Andrade: I Give Keeler Credit, Not Easy To Get Foes in The Ring Daniel Roman, Akhmadaliev - Face To Face in Miami Jake Paul, Ali Eson Gib - Face To Face in Miami Tevin Farmer, Joseph Diaz - Tense Face To Face in Miami Demetrius Andrade, Luke Keeler - Face To Face in Miami Murodjon Akhmadaliev Confident He Will Topple Daniel Roman Gamboa Recovering After Surgery, Aims To Return By Year's End Results from India: Sachin, Dharmender, Kuldeep Score Wins in New Delhi Joe Joyce, Filip Hrgovic Ordered For EBU Belt, Purse Bid on Feb. 12 Arum: You Want To Show Off A Great Fighter Around The World Raging Babe's 'Philly Special' Returns March 27 At 2300 Arena Hurd: I Wanna Be Undisputed 154-Pound Champ Before Moving Up
Latest Forum Threads