Filip Hrgovic vs Marko Radonjic Preview Sept. 10th, 2021
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Filip Hrgovic of Zagreb, Croatia will be taking on undefeated Marko Radonjic of Montenegro in Austria this Friday, Sept. 10th with Hrgovic’s IBF International Heavyweight Title on the line. The 12-round bout can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Hrgovic won the vacant title the last time out in November when he stopped Rydell Booker in the fifth round after dropping him in the second. Radonjic, who fights out of Germany, last saw action in March when he stopped Ozcan Cetinkaya in just 91 seconds.
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Hrgovic vs Radonjic Betting Odds
- Marko Radonjic +1600
- Filip Hrgovic -4500
The 29-year-old Hrgovic enters the ring with a perfect mark of 12-0 with 10 Ko’s He’s one of the new bigger breed of heavyweights as he stands 6-feet-6-inches tall but unfortunately has an unlisted reach. He’s got impressive power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 83.3 per cent but hasn’t taken on a legitimate contender as of yet as his wins have been against the likes of Booker, Pavel Sour, Tom Little, Sean Turner, Amir Mansour, Kevin Johnson, Gregory Corbin and Eric Molina.
The only two opponents top go the distance with him so far have been Johnson over eight rounds in 2018 and Turner over eight rounds in the same year. Hrgovic turned pro in 2017 and has boxed just 43 rounds since with all 10 of his knockouts coming within the first five rounds. He stopped Mansour in the third round in 2018 to take the vacant WBC International Heavyweight Title and has defended it three times since.
Hrgovic enjoyed a fine amateur career and won a bronze medal as a super heavyweight at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also reached the quarterfinals at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Amateur Championships and won the 2010 Youth World Championships as well as the 2015 European Championships. In addition, Hrgovic went 25-4 with 10 Kos in the World Series of Boxing from 2010 to 2015.
Radonjic is a 31-year -old with a perfect record of 22-0 with all 22 wins coming by stoppage for a 100 per cent knockout ratio. Don’t let the record fool you though as just three of his 22 opponents have had winning records and they were his last three; Jasmin Hasic, Sami Enbom and Ozcan Cetinkaya. He’s fought most of his bouts against newcomers and journeymen over in Europe with all of his foes basically being unrecognizable to fans.
Radonjic has boxed 42 rounds since turning pro in 2017 after an unremarkable amateur career. Unfortunately there’s no height and reach information available for him so we don’t know how he stacks up in size with Hrgovic. The winner hopes to land a shot at the IBF World Title and while Radonjic isn’t in the same class as Hrgovic, he has a puncher’s chance.
Hrgovic is a banger who would rather not hear what the judges have to say while Radonjic is taking a huge step up in class. Radonjic’s power still needs to be respected though with his 22 knockouts in 22 fights no matter who he’s faced. Still, I’m expecting Hrgovic to remain unbeaten on Friday but he needs to start facing some top contenders sooner rather than later.
Radonjic will give it a shot but should fall short.
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