Filip Hrgovic inflicts an EMBARRASSING first-round stoppage defeat on Mark de Mori on the Day of Reckoning undercard… with the Croatian’s punishment leaving the referee no choice but to end the bout within TWO MINUTES

  • Filip Hrgovic was heavily favoured coming into the bout as IBF No1 contender
  • Mark de Mori had not faced a meaningful opponent since David Haye in 2016
  • Deontay Wilder will keep Anthony Joshua super-fight ON by beating Joseph Parker – The Hook

Filip Hrgovic made short work of Mark de Mori, ending his heavyweight bout on the undercard of The Day of Reckoning with over a minute to spare in the first round.

The Croatian was the heavy favourite for the clash in Saudi Arabia and did not disappoint against an opponent whose last meaningful fight came in 2016 against David Haye. 

The 31-year-old let off a barrage of punches with the Australian pinned back on the ropes, leaving the referee no choice but intervene and end proceedings. 

Hrgovic extended his unbeaten run and, despite below par opposition, has bolstered his position as the IBF No1 contender. 

His victory came shortly after the night’s first bout, which saw Frank Sanchez extend his unbeaten record to 24-0 after victory against Junior Fa. 

Filip Hrgovic extended his unbeaten record with a devastating first round stoppage

Mark de Mori's punishment was ended by the referee after only two minutes of the clash

Mark de Mori’s punishment was ended by the referee after only two minutes of the clash

The respective clashes are the opening salvo to what promises to be a thrilling night of boxing in the Gulf State. 

The action is headlined by Anthony Joshua’s bout against Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder’s clash against Joseph Parker.

The two-time heavyweight champion is hoping to continue his road back to a title bout and is on a collision course with Wilder should they both prevail. 

However, Joshua faces a stern test against the Swede, whose only defeat came at the hands of Tyson Fury in 2019.