Filip Hrgović: Hot prospect returns Dec 8Written by Leroy Cleveland
Filip Hrgović (6-0, 5 KOs) will face Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea (11-3-2, 7 KOs) at the KC Dražen Petrović in Zagreb on December 8.
So, who is Filip Hrgović?
A 2016 Olympic bronze medal winner, Filip is a 26 year old, highly-touted heavyweight prospect from Croatia who is promoted by Sauerland Promotion.
Most recently, he earned a thrilling third-round stoppage win over Amir Mansour and is anxious to get back in the ring again.
“I am pleased to have my next opponent confirmed,” said Hrgovic. “Perea is a good boxer with a strong amateur pedigree and I expect him to provide a tough test. He’s shared the ring with some good boxers and he’s never been stopped."
“I look forward to the challenge and I look forward to fighting again in Zagreb. With the support of the Croatian people, I believe I will reach the top of the heavyweight division, and I promise to deliver them another entertaining fight and a great victory on December 8 at the KC Dražen Petrović.”
So far, the 6'6" heavyweight has been impressive.
“This will be another good step up for Filip,” said Sauerland. “Perea has an impressive amateur pedigree and has proven he can mix it at a high level as a professional. Filip is currently ranked top twenty with the WBC, WBO and WBA, and a victory on December 8 will further boost his World title credentials.”
Fast Facts: Hrgović debuted in September 2017 and will be fighting for the fifth time this year.
So, who is Ytalo Perea?
At 25 and hailing from Ecuador, the 6'0" Perea participated at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Great Britain, boxing as a Super Heavyweight. He lost in the first round but don't be fooled, he has a strong amateur pedigree. In fact, in 2012 he defeated Dominic Breazeale and went on to win the 2012 America´s Olympic Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a Super Heavyweight.
He debuted in March 2013 and has some familiar names on his resume. He lost a UD to Adam Kownacki (then 9-0) in 2015 but won a UD over Elieser Castillo (then 32-8-2) in June 2016.
He dropped a SD to Guillermo Jones (40-3-2) a year ago.