World Title Challenger Duhaupas: "Hrgović’s
Style & Ability Are Similar To Vitali Klitschko"
Former WBC World Heavyweight Title Challenger and WBA
International Heavyweight Champion Johann Duhaupas has
compared Filip Hrgović (9-0, 7 KOs) to legendary three-time
World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko.
The experienced Frenchman has been in Miami sparring Hrgović,
alongside undefeated British heavyweight prospect Fabio
Wardley and top Belgian cruiserweight Joel Tambwe Djeko,
ahead of his WBC International Title clash with Eric Molina
(27-5, 19 KOs) on December 7th at the purpose built Diriyah
Arena in Saudi Arabia.
Duhaupas, who first encountered Hrgović at a Wladimir
Klitschko training camp in Austria, says he has been
impressed with the fast rising Croatian star, and states his
‘style and ability’ are similar to the elder Klitschko
“I first met Filip at the Klitschko camp in Austria and he
impressed me,” said Duhaupas. “He has a good right hand,
fast and strong, and you can see he aims to become a World
Champion. I smell it in him. His style and ability are
similar to Vitali Klitschko.
Duhaupas is renowned for fighting some of the heavyweight
division’s elite talent having faced the likes of Deontay
Wilder, Alexander Povetkin and Jarrell Miller, and believes
Hrgović is now ready to face similar big names.
“Deontay is a killer, but Filip already has a good right
hand and maybe in one year with more muscle and power he
could punch as hard as Wilder,” says Duhaupas. “With good
mental and physical preparation, I believe Filip could win
by KO against Miller or Povetkin.”
Hrgović must first overcome two-time World Title Challenger
Molina from Texas, USA. A challenge Duhaupas believes the
Olympic Bronze Medalist is ready for.
“It’s a really big opportunity for him,” he says. “When you
are a good boxer with a good team you don’t care about
travel, you only care about winning your fight. Filip wants
to fight and he knows what he wants to achieve, I am very
happy to train with him because his mentality is similar to
Hrgovic-Molina features on the undercard of the unified
World Heavyweight Championship fight between Andy Ruiz Jr
and Anthony Joshua which tops a stacked event at the Diriyah
Arena, Saudi Arabia.
Also on the card are heavyweight clashes between Alexander
Povetkin and Michael Hunter, Dillian Whyte against Mariusz
Wach, Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Tom Little and more. All the
action will be available to watch on DAZN in the US and
other territories, RTL in Croatia and Sky Sports in the UK.