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Anthony Joshua Eyes the Winner of Hrgovic-Dubois for World Title Shot

The heavyweight boxing landscape is buzzing with anticipation as several high-stakes matchups are on the horizon, potentially reshaping the division's hierarchy. Among these, the proposed fight between Filip Hrgovic and Daniel Dubois is catching significant attention, especially from Anthony Joshua. Scheduled for June 1 in Saudi Arabia, this bout carries implications that could directly affect Joshua's path back to world title contention.

Anthony’s Joshua’s quest for 3 time world champion
Anthony’s Joshua’s quest for 3 time world champion

Filip Hrgovic, the Croatian powerhouse and IBF mandatory challenger, is reportedly set to put his position on the line against Britain's own rising star, Daniel Dubois. This decision is bold, given the direct line Hrgovic currently has for a title shot. However, a victory over Dubois in such a high-profile card could significantly bolster his resume and standing in the heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua ready to claim top stakes in boxing
Anthony Joshua ready to claim top stakes in boxing

The outcome of Hrgovic vs. Dubois is of particular interest to Anthony Joshua. As the heavyweight division braces for the undisputed championship bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on May 18, the aftermath is expected to create a vacancy for the IBF title. With Fury and Usyk having agreed to a rematch clause, the likelihood of the IBF belt being vacated is high, setting the stage for Joshua to potentially face the winner of Hrgovic vs. Dubois for the vacant title.

Adding to the allure of the Hrgovic vs. Dubois fight is its inclusion in an action-packed card featuring Dmitry Bivol vs. Artur Beterbiev and Deontay Wilder vs. Zhilei Zhang, alongside the Queensberry-Matchroom 5 vs 5 event. This lineup not only promises great entertainment but also significant ramifications across multiple divisions.

Hrgovic's decision to fight Dubois reflects the complexities of navigating the heavyweight division's politics and opportunities. Securing the IBF mandatory challenger position by defeating Zhilei Zhang, Hrgovic has been in a holding pattern, waiting for the championship dust to settle. The potential vacancy of the IBF title post-Fury vs. Usyk offers a direct yet challenging path to the championship, with Joshua possibly waiting in the wings.

As the heavyweight division braces for these pivotal battles, what are your thoughts on the strategic decisions by Hrgovic and the potential implications for Anthony Joshua? How do you see the landscape changing post-Fury vs. Usyk, and what matchups are you most excited about?

Share your predictions, analyses, and which fights you believe will have the most significant impact on the heavyweight division's future.


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