Joseph Parker overtakes Luis Ortiz as likely next opponent for Filip Hrgovic in IBF heavyweight title eliminator | Boxing News

Joseph Parker overtook Luis Ortiz in the race to face Filip Hrgovic in a high-stakes heavyweight world title eliminator.

After Ortiz’s victory over former world champion ‘Prince’ Charles Martin on Saturday, Hrgovic had challenged the Cuban to fight to decide who would become the mandatory opponent for the IBF title currently held by Oleksandr Usyk.

However, former world champion Parker, who last month beat Derek Chisora ​​for the second time in 2021 to bring his career record to 30-2, has now emerged as the most likely opponent for Hrgovic.

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Filip Hrgovic closed 2021 with a win over Emir Ahmatovic in Las Vegas

Usyk is expected to defend the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles he won from Anthony Joshua in September, in a rematch against the Brit, meaning the winner of that bout should defend the title against winner Hrgovic and Parker .

Martin and Hrgovic were ranked at No. 1 and n. 2 before Ortiz’s brutal victory over the American in Florida.

Ortiz, 42, was knocked out twice by Martin before taking a block win in the sixth round, taking his career record to 33-2, with both losses against former world champion Deontay Wilder.

Hrgovic boasts a perfect record of 14 wins out of 14 fights, he was frustrated in his search for an opponent for a final elimination fight.

Charles Martin, Luis Ortiz
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Luis Ortiz stopped Charles Martin on Saturday in Florida

The Croatian’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland, is ready to start negotiations once the match is ordered by the IBF.

Parker became a world champion by beating Andy Ruiz Jr to claim the vacant WBO title in 2016. The New Zealand fighter defended his title twice before losing it to Joshua in 2018, only to suffer another defeat to Dillian Whyte in the same year.

Parker has since put together six straight wins, which may have put him in a position to challenge the world title once again.

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