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Panel: How far can Filip Hrgovic go at heavyweight?

Filip Hrgovic
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Filip Hrgovic stopped Marko Radonjic in Austria last Friday. But how far can he progress?

Paul Smith
Former British champion

I do rate him, I think he’s very good. Hrgovic has definitely got those tools and attributes. He’s got the power, he’s got the frame and size. He’s got a good team behind him. It’ll be about how he’s matched and how he comes through.

Dave Coldwell
Leading trainer

He’s got undoubted power. But it’s very hard in that division. You can get excited about somebody and then they step up and you see their weaknesses completely exposed. So I’m not sure, I’ve not seen enough of him at a good enough level. I still see him at that untested level.

Micky Helliet
Promoter & manager

I’ve been a massive fan of Hrgovic since seeing him edged out in one of my all-time favourite amateur fights against Joe Joyce. He uses his height, reach, head movement, awkwardness and thundering right hand to great effect. I’d be amazed if he doesn’t at least fight for a belt.

Tony Jeffries
Olympic medallist

He looks the real deal but it’s hard to say exactly how far he can go as he hasn’t fought top class opposition. We need to see him fight someone like Tony Yoka, Otto Wallin or Dillian Whyte to get a better answer.

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