Filip Hrgovic: I'd rather fight Joe Joyce than Martin Bakole

One of the best heavyweight prospects in the world 6'6'' Croatian giant Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8 KOs) has visited Kyiv today to meet with Ukrainian media. We met him at the Klitschko Expo - the museum of achievements of two legendary Ukrainian heavyweights, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. We discussed his career, his plans to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo, and, of course, the highly anticipated rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Here is what Filip said:

On his next fight: I'll be fighting at the end of the March in London, UK. Who will be my next opponent? I don't know yet. Yeah, Joe Joyce and Martin Bakole are in the mix. Whom of them I'd rather chose as my next opponent? Joyce, because he beat me at the amateurs - I want to avenge that loss.

On the rumors that he might participate in the next Olympic Games: Yes, it's true. I want to win Olympic gold medal. I definitely want to participate at the Olympics and we are in deep talks with Croatian Amateur Boxing Federation about it. By the way, there is one excellent amateur in your country - Viktor Vykhryst. I've sparred with him, he is very stong fighter. I think he will be one of my toughest opponents at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

On who is the best fighter in the world right now: Vasyl Lomachenko. What thing I admire the most in his style? Everything! He is unique boxer.

On Sergiy Derevyancheko: He is very good fighter. I think he beat Gennady Golovkin, but judges gave the victory to Golovkin just because he is more popular.

On Oleksandr Usyk: He has an excellent skillset and speed, but he is too small to beat the top heavyweights. Usyk against Joshua? Usyk can create some problems for him early in the fight, but once Joshua starts landing his power punches, fight will be over. Usyk against myself? I'll just kill him, sorry guys (laughing).

On Wladimir Klitschko's potential comeback: Wladimir is all-time great fighter, so, of course, even at this age he still can beat Wilder, Joshua, Fury and myself. He can be competetive against younger fighters. But only if he has enough motivation, which I doubt. He has everything, why would he return to the ring? 

On Deontay Wilder's rematch against Tyson Fury: Fury is better boxer, much more skilled. But he is so crazy, he changes his mind every single day - one day he is a boxer, the next one he wants to turn into a MMA fighter, then he wants to retire, then he wants to come back... Wilder is more stable mentally and I think it will enable him to KO Fury in the rematch.

On Ukraine and Ukrainians: I know your country went through very tough times in its history just like my country. Both Ukrainians and Croatians had to fight for their independance. People in our countries are born warriors!

By Volodymyr Milyanchuk

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