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Filip Hrgovic looking for knockout against Mario Heredia

Filip Hrgovic returns to the ring this Saturday in Mexico.

Filip Hrgovic v Gregory Corbin Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic is one of the rising potential stars in boxing’s glamour division, and he returns to action this Saturday in Mexico, facing Mario Heredia in what should amount to a showcase bout on the Estrada-Beamon card airing on DAZN.

Hrgovic, 27, is 8-0 (6 KO) thus far as a pro, following an amateur career where he won a bronze medal at Rio 2016, losing a debatable fight in the semifinals against France’s Tony Yoka, who went on to win a controversial gold medal.

Heredia (16-6-1, 13 KO) is coming off of an “upset” win over a washed Samuel Peter on April 13 in Atlantic City, but lost five times in a six-fight stretch in 2016-17, including four by stoppage.

Hrgovic is aiming to impress on Saturday.

“This is what I live for, every day of my life,” says Hrgovic. “Boxing makes me feel alive. My preparations have gone perfect and I can’t wait to step in the ring again. I had four weeks in Zagreb with my coaches Yousef Hassan and Igor Cordas before going to Miami for a six week training camp with Pedro Diaz. We have done some things differently this time, which you will see on Aug. 24.”

Hrgovic last fought on May 25, knocking out Gregory Corbin in the first round, and hopes to repeat that sort of performance.

“I’m feeling great and ready for my next victory. I hope it is going to finish like my last fight, but we will see. Knockouts are always more attractive for fans but if the fight continues round by round, I’m more than ready for that option as well.

“Either way, the fans can expect good boxing show, for sure. They are all familiar with my boxing style, and no doubt, I will give them an exciting fight!”

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