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Croatian boxer Filip Hrgović gets last-minute opponent change

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Filip Hrgović (Photo: Maja Bota/Team Sauerland)

Croatian heavyweight boxer Filip Hrgović has a new opponent on Saturday night and will now meet Greece’s Alexandre Kartozia at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark, who has replaced Ondrej Pala, his management confirmed in a statement.

“Following a short notice withdrawal from Pala and with no time to spare, Team Sauerland is delighted to confirm that the heavy-handed Kartozia has accepted the fight and will arrive in Denmark shortly. “

Kartozia is fighting for the second time this year having secured a third-round knockout victory over Mexico’s Manuel Duran at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana on January 25th.

“People think he is scary because he has a good amateur career and his nickname is The Animal,” said Kartozia. “Well, I fear no man. He has never felt power like I have and I hope he overlooks me because this Saturday night I will create history and change the future.”

“Obviously a short notice change of opponent is never ideal for the fighter,” said Promoter Nisse Sauerland. “It is difficult enough to find opponents for Filip at the best of times, but especially during the current situation.

“Kartozia says he is going to fight fire with fire and that he is a true gladiator, so we are sure both men will put on a great show and the fans at the Struer Energi Park Arena will not be disappointed.”  

The Croatian will be looking to make it 11 wins from 11 professional fights this weekend and will be aiming for his 9th KO.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring. I haven’t boxed in 10 months,” he said. “I’m looking forward to fighting in Denmark, I’ve never been there. I’ve fought in a lot of countries around the world but never in Denmark so I’m excited to conquer a new territory.”




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