Hrgović Forced To Delay IBF World Heavyweight Title Final
Eliminator Following The Death Of His Father
Filip Hrgović has been forced to delay his IBF Heavyweight
World Title Final Eliminator against Zhang Zhilei following
the death of his father.
Having waited over a year for his opportunity to earn a shot
at Oleksandr Usyk’s Heavyweight crown, the Croatian star was
set to face Olympic Silver medallist Zhilei on the undercard
of Canelo Alvarez’s blockbuster clash with Dmitry Bivol on
May 7 at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“We could not in good conscience allow Filip to enter the
ring during this tough time." said Hrgović’s promoter Kalle
Sauerland. "We would like to thank the IBF, Daryl Peoples,
Zhang Zhilei and our partners Matchroom Boxing for their
understanding and compassion in this matter. Pero Hrgović
was a big part of the team and will be forever missed by us
all. Filip will take some time out now to be with his family
before resuming his training. We look forward to announcing
a new date soon for this exciting Heavyweight clash to
determine the next challenger for the IBF World Title and
wish both Zhilei Zhang and Scott Alexander good luck in
their fight tonight”.