Filip Hrgović (13-0, 11 KOs) continues his quest for world domination on Saturday, December 4 as the Croatian Heavyweight star heads to Las Vegas to defend his IBF International Title against Scott Alexander (16-4-2, 8 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on RTL in Croatia and worldwide on DAZN.
The 29-year-old from Zagreb, who will be fighting on the undercard of the WBC World Lightweight Title clash between Devin Haney and Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz, Jr, returns to action following a one-sided beat down of Marko Radonjic on September 10 at the Worthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Hrgović is next in line to fight in a final eliminator for the IBF World Heavyweight Title. Former World Champion Charles Martin will meet Luis Ortiz in an IBF semi-final eliminator on January 1 to see who could face Hrgović next. However, with both fighters having already turned down the chance to face ‘El Animal’ earlier this year, it remains to be seen if either would be willing to accept the challenge.
With World Title opportunities in the works for 2022, Hrgović knows he cannot afford any slip ups as he looks to extend his unbeaten run against the 32-year-old LA-native Alexander, who has previously gone the distance with Heavyweight contenders Carlos Negron and Travis Kaufmann.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and fighting on a big show in America,” said Hrgović. “I’ve always wanted to box in Las Vegas where so many great Heavyweight champions have fought before. My opponent Scott Alexander is a tough fighter but I have been training hard and will be ready to give the fans another great performance on December 4.”
“Watch out Las Vegas, ‘El Animal’ is coming,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “We’re delighted to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to deliver Filip this fantastic opportunity to fight in Las Vegas as part of a huge event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This is a chance for Filip to end the year on a high before shifting his focus to World Titles in 2022.”
“As always, Filip has been working hard to ensure he’s in top shape when he enters the ring,” said Hrgović’s manager Zeljko Karajica. “I’m sure that fighting on a big show like this in Las Vegas will give him even more motivation. Filip is moving closer and closer to a World Title challenge. 2022 can be a massive year for him, but first he must get past Scott Alexander on December 4.”
“It’s great to have Filip back in action before the end of 2021,” said Eddie Hearn. “El Animal is knocking loudly on the door of his fellow World class operators in the Heavyweight division, and next year we expect him to break that door down and be involved in – and win – some massive fights.”