Filip Hrgovic stops Amir Mansour in three
Hrgovic v Mansour – Results from Croatia, Zagreb
Top division prospect and home headliner Filip Hrgovic scored an early career statement victory over Amir Mansour in front of a baying crowd in Zagreb on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old amateur star, fighting in only his sixth pro contest since ditching the vest, took out the rugged Mansour in the third round.
In the process, the Croatian picked up the vacant World Boxing Council International title and can expect a rankings boost in the forthcoming list.
Hrgovic is being fast-tracked to mixing it with the top contenders by the end of 2019 and became the second man, after current WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, to halt the veteran American.
Despite Mansour being 20 years his senior, Hrgovic showed little respect and took a 6-0 C.V into his next outing as ‘Hardcore’ drops to 23-3-1 ahead of impending retirement.
Mansour was last on the rise in 2015, but a draw with Steve Cunningham, followed by the Breazeale reverse ended any hopes of a world title shot.
Spending his best years behind bars from 2001 to 2010, Mansour will have to be content with a career-best USBA title win.
In the middleweight co-feature, Ivana Habazin retained her IBO belt with a unanimous points win over Gifty Ankrah.
Habazin, 28, had claimed the strap with victory over Elene Sikmashvili in March and now has 19 wins against three losses since turning pro in 2010.
Heavyweight hitter Agron Smakici remained undefeated with a stoppage victory over Gabriel Enguema, whilst journeyman Ivica Perkovic claimed a KO win over Laszlo Toth.
Perkovic made it 25 wins opposite 34 losses with the win.
Germany’s light heavyweight hope Leon Bunn improved to 11-0 with a sixth-round stoppage victory against Emmanuel Feuzeu.
Josipi-Bepo Filipi beat Predrag Jevtic on his professional debut, whilst Damir Beljo carded a unanimous win over Lukas Paszkowsky.
Ema Kozin and Irais Hernandez fought out a stalemate in their Women’s WBC Silver super-middleweight encounter.