Via Huck Allen: Athlete Kalle Sauerland is furious that the IBF is struggling to find an opponent for his fighter Filip Hrgovic in a heavyweight bout. Sauerland says IBF will make Hrgovic the “Direct Mandatory” if they can’t find someone soon to agree with the disqualifier.
Whether the IBF will pick Hrgovic as the mandatory challenger without him securing a spot with a win remains to be seen, but it shows how desperate Kalle is at this point to complete the process.
This week, Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker turned down an undefeated ‘El Animal’ Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs), and Kalle wasn’t too happy about it.
Kalle was not told why former WBO heavyweight champion Parker chose not to agree to an IBF disqualification for Hrgovic.
Tony Yoka is next in the IBF rankings
Next IBF Will Ask Athlete To Win Olympic Gold Medal 2016 Tony Yoka (11-0.9 KO) face Hrgovic. Yoka, 29, was scheduled to take on Martin Bakole on January 15, but that fight is no longer taking place.
Ideally, Hrgovic and Yoka would compete in the International Boxing Federation’s title elimination round to determine the mandatory challenger for champion Oleksandr Usyk.
42-year-old Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) defeated Charles Martin with a sixth round knockout last Saturday night in the IBF semi-final knockout match to claim the right to the 29-year-old. Hrgovic to win the final qualifying ticket. .
However, Ortiz suffered a hand injury during his fight with Martin, which prevented him from participating in the battle with ‘El Animal’ Hrgovic.
“We were not given a reason,“Kalle Sauerland said to Sports sky on why Joseph Parker chose not to accept the IBF knockout against Hrgovic.
“The ranking becomes a mockery. We’ve been through the rankings before,” Sauerland continued.
“The IBF needs to act because it makes a mockery of their rankings. People shouldn’t be ranked if they don’t intend to box for the title. ”
“All we can do is lobby the IBF to get on top of the rankings as soon as possible or make Filip directly mandatory. That’s what we’re pushing.”
“This is not denying financial terms because the fighters are rejecting us before we discuss it. They are turning down the chance to fight for the world title,” said Kalle.
Other options in the IBF chart
If Yoka does not agree to fight Hrgovic, the IBF will continue through their ranks and next ask for Agit Kabayel #8 and if necessary, #9 Murat Gassiev.
It’s doubtful either of those two heavyweights will turn down the chance to face 6’6 ″ Hrgovic in the IBF title knockout, but we don’t know what their situation is right now.
Those fighters need to be in good shape, uninjured, and not scheduled for an upcoming competition.