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Filip Hrgovic vs. Amir Mansour on September 8, Cornish Out

Amir ‘Hardcore’ Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) has replaced Gary Cornish as the opponent for Filip Hrgovic’s (5-0, 4 KOs) WBC International Heavyweight Championship contest on September 8 at the Arena Zagreb in Croatia.

Cornish has been ruled out on medical grounds giving the former WBC United States and WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Mansour the chance to further his World title ambitions following an impressive win over countryman Travis Kauffman last year.

Despite the change of opponent, Hrgovi? remains focused on victory, and while the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist admits he will have to alter his preparations to fit his new foe, the 26 year-old is motivated land his first major title.

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“I haven’t had much time to study Mansour yet,” says Hrgovic. “I know he's a southpaw and slightly shorter than my original opponent so I will have to alter my training accordingly, but as I always say, you have to be able to beat anyone if you want to become World Champion.

“The technical and physical aspects of my preparations will remain the same. I have to be prepared for a tough fight against someone who will definitely have a lot of motivation to put me down.

“I never want to rank boxers so I will not say whether this is a tougher test, but Mansour being better ranked internationally with a lot of experience definitely make him a serious threat.

“I believe Mansour will be motivated to show his value by beating me and claiming the WBC International belt. That being said, I will not let him grab that chance. It will be two great champions fighting hard on September 8 to gain the respect they deserve.”

A full undercard showcasing many of Croatia’s top boxing talents will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the Zagreb Fight Night on September 8 featuring Filip Hrgovi? vs. Amir Mansour start at 110 KN and are available online via www.eventim.hr.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 08-22-2018

My boy Amir back in the building

Comment by paulf on 08-21-2018

Hell of a career Mansour has managed to make for himself.

Comment by VatoMulatto on 08-21-2018

Mansour is 46 years old now and has not fought in like 15 months or something like that. I wonder how much he has left and how motivated he is nowadays.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 08-21-2018

Good test for Hrgovic.

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-21-2018

Damn, I was lining up a juicy sig for that fight :lol1: Mansour is a REALLY tough fight at this stage, crazy step up for Hrgovic. He immediately gets thrown into contender status with a win

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