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Filip Hrgovic wants Anthony Joshua fight

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Filip Hrgovic is set on forcing an IBF mandatory challenge against heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Hrgovic’s promoter Nisse Sauerland was speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Croatian's fight with Michael Hunter in an IBF eliminator.

Joshua holds three major belts - the IBF, WBA and WBO - while Fury will bring the WBC championship to any fight to decide the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Once that fight is settled there could be a match-up with Oleksandr Usyk on the cards, assuming he defeats Joe Joyce when the pair meet.

Sauerland feels that Joshua would be the better fighter to face off with for his client.

"I know who I would prefer to fight," Hrgovic's promoter Sauerland said to Sky Sports.

"I would prefer Filip to fight Joshua, simply stylistically. They are both big, strong guys but Filip can move more and is less robotic.

"Fury is a nightmare for anyone because you just don't know what he will do.

"It's amazing what Fury can do for such a big man.

"Joshua is a powerhouse, he's an Adonis. But if I had to pick someone stylistically for Filip? I would pick Joshua."

2016 Olympic champion Hrgovic is undefeated in his 12 professional fights and faces Michael Hunter.

"Hunter is game. You can't knock him," explained said Sauerland. "He's been a road warrior, stopping Martin Bakole and having a close fight with Alexander Povetkin.

"This isn't an easy fight but we believe Filip has the tools to win.

"Hunter is a great fighter but the size and power of Filip will be too much for him.

"Filip has only had 12 fights so we're happy that he's getting a proper test.

"We didn't hesitate. You would be crazy not to accept.

"It's a good fight. We have wanted a step up the whole time. But people out-price themselves when it's time to fight Filip."

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