Hunter won't face Hrgovic

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Chuck Norris, May 7, 2021.

  1. Serge

    Serge Ginger Dracula Staff Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    I think Hrgovic will be ready for the step up to Brit Level soon, Lep.
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  2. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Whoever beats Hrgovic will fight the Fury-Joshua winner (whenever that happens) one year from now.

    People bash the ratings orgs all the time but they do provide a clear path to belts for those who want to play ball.

    No rated contender who seriously wants to challenge for the title should skip this opportunity.

    Hrgovic is tough but beatable. He fights very upright.

    I can't believe guys like Yoka, especially, are passing. He has already fought Hrgovic and won.

    He could fight him, win, and still have a year to prepare for the big one.
  3. Trafford

    Trafford Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    It was a guess tbh but a 360k purse with shot at millions next is mental to turn down
  4. Trafford

    Trafford Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    Who cannot promise him a title shot for atleast two years given Joshua and Fury Will keep the WBC and WBA. Hrgovic will now be ready for IBF and Usyk for WBO. He had a shot at earning atleast $5/6m in one fight time. For going back to the back of the pile.
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  5. NEETzschean

    NEETzschean Active Member Full Member

    Feb 23, 2021
    He's already been found out twice. He got battered by Usyk as a cruiser (who would have got the stoppage anywhere but America) and drew legitimately (KD wasn't counted) with a 40 year old badly faded Povetkin, even being outworked in the later rounds.
  6. Sandman_

    Sandman_ Gold medalist & Lineal champ Full Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    I've always rated the Junior Bounty Hunter & considered him a top 10 H/W well before most. He's travelled to the UK to fight an undefeated Bakole & has faced Povetkin so he's not averse to taking tough fights with the odds stacked against him.

    Hrgovic isn't the right fight for him & not taking it is a sensible decision, imo. I understand the other side being upset & they have a legitimate point about being led up the garden path if that in fact is what happened. Hunter doesn't have a history of doing that though.

    People are also entitled to change their minds if they haven't signed a contract (or even if they have so long as they are prepared to pay the price for breaching it). I'd say the latter is poor form but there's no suggestion Hunter has done that.

    People avoiding Hrgovic like the plague is the ultimate compliment to him. The more I've seen of Hrgovic, the more impressed I've been. Maybe Hunter's camp is the same? If you're a well managed fighter with your own legitimate career aspirations, you don't fight a guy like him unless there's a world title & significant money on the table. Neither was on offer to Hunter in this fight.
    Last edited: May 8, 2021
  7. theanatolian

    theanatolian Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    May 2, 2015
    Assuming that Fury, Joshua, Usyk and Wilder are tied up, Hunter better be fighting Parker, Whyte or Ruiz next, otherwise this is a blatant duck.
  8. Perkin Warbeck

    Perkin Warbeck Richard Duke of York Full Member

    Nov 4, 2017
    Sauerland mentioned that Bakole might be Hrgovic's opponent. That would be okay.

    Parker, Yoka and Martin have said no.

    It will very likely be a boxer promoted by Hearn or Sauerland.
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  9. Surrix

    Surrix Boxing Addict banned Full Member

    Sep 16, 2020
    Parker I think might be not better fight than Hrgovic for Hunter cos Parker is more experienced than Hrgovic.
  10. Inglis_1

    Inglis_1 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 4, 2018
    Fair to say no one wants any of Hrgovic. He may as well just stay active until someone decent wants to step in with him.
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  11. ForemanJab

    ForemanJab Boxing Junkie Full Member

    May 8, 2014
    Unfortunately this is going to continue happen a lot to Hrgovic. There's just no money behind him. The total purse bid for the Hunter fight was barely over half a million. No higher ranked HWs are going to accept that risk/reward for such low money.
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  12. Finkel

    Finkel Active Member Full Member

    Feb 10, 2020
    Hunter fought Povetkin in Saudi Arabia
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  13. Finkel

    Finkel Active Member Full Member

    Feb 10, 2020
    I personally don't rate Hunter quite as highly as some, but playing devil's advocate:

    1) Hunter got a draw against Povetkin which Hunter and his supporters feel he won on a Matchroom card.
    2) Hunter then falls out with Matchroom and gets released. So he no longer has the backing of a well-connected promoter.
    3) Hrgovic in contrast has both Hearn and the Sauerlands behind him.
    4) Hunter's most realistic route to victory is getting a win on the cards.
    5) Matchroom won the purse bid.

    So, how realistic is it for Hunter to engage in a fight without the backing of a large promoter. How much of a chance do you give him of getting a fair shake on the cards given his history with Matchroom?

    I still consider this a duck, and I don't like it, but I can understand it and somewhat sympathise with the situation he finds himself in.
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  14. Baldarse

    Baldarse New Member Full Member

    Aug 2, 2019
    Yeah on a UK card
  15. Finkel

    Finkel Active Member Full Member

    Feb 10, 2020
    Was Hunter at some sort of disadvantage? He was a matchroom fighter at the time.

    Who would be at a bigger perceived disadvantage an American or a Russian fighting on a UK card?
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