Filip Hrgovic gets another stoppage!
As was expected, top heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KO’s) quickly stopped the knockout friendly Mario Heredia (16-7-1, 13 KO’s) in the third round.
Out of Heredia’s now seven losses, six of them have come by way of stoppage. From the very outset, the former Olympian enjoyed an obvious height and reach advantage which he used to great effect.
Foregoing any meaningful feel out period the taller Croatian regularly landed hard jabs, straights rights and hooks in the first round.
The shorter, tubbier Heredia retaliated by consistently retreating, occasional wild hay-maker headhunting hooks and a great deal of complaining to the referee.
His best round, if you can call it that, was the second. This is where the Mexican bounced a number of well-placed hooks to the body. The trouble was, Heredia’s abdominal strikes did nothing to stop Hrgovic’s forward progress, or his more effective and meaningful offense.
Thankfully, the gross mismatch concluded in the third. It was there the surging Croatian sunk a heavy right hook, closely trailed by a left hook that instantly stole his opponent’s balance. Heredia stumbles backwards “Saturday night drunk style” into the ropes, then to the ground.
After watching him use his hands to walk himself back to his feet as if he were in a yoga class, the referee wisely waived the bout off.
Hrgovic blows away another one! It will be interesting to see who he fights next in a very bottom loaded heavyweight division that has plenty of rising contenders!
By: Bakari Simpson