Stepping into London’s 02 Arena on August 12, Australia’s Demsey McKean (22-0, 14 KOs) will have more than causing a major upset on his mind.
He knows that with a win over highly touted Filip Hrgovic (15-0, 12 KOs), he will be within touching distance of the richest prize in boxing, the World Heavyweight title, a crown coveted for it’s ability to completely reshape the fortunes of those wearing it.
Speaking at Matchroom Boxing’s press confrence, the Ipswich born fighter acknowledged the impact a victory would have on his career.
“36 minutes is all it takes to change my life. I wake up every morning, I tell myself that. I tell myself that every night before I go to bed,” he said.
“There’s been bigger upsets in Heavyweight boxing history. I think this is a very even fight.”
While McKean will go into the contest full of conviction, besting his Croatian counterpart over 12 rounds will by no means be an easy feat.
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Hrgovic enters as the number one contender to the IBF title held by Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 14 KOs), having finished 12 of his 15 opponents before the halfway mark of each respective bout.
He also holds a decision win, albeit somewhat disputed, over current WBO interim champion Zhilei Zhang (25-1-1, 20 KOs).
Ranked at 13 with the IBF, the Queenslander is fully aware that maximum effort from the best version of himself will be required to make the giant leap toward his shot at gold.
“He’s a good fighter,” McKean surmised.
“I think he’s going to bring out the best in me as well. A good contender and a good opposition is always going to bring out the best in me.
“I can’t wait for that.”
Despite such praise, McKean is confident that the attributes in his possession will hold him in good stead.
With the domestic scene now in the rearview mirror, the man known as the ‘Tower of Terror’ is ready to impose himself on the world stage and take the mantle of next in line for a shot at glory.
“I think I’ve got the tools to beat him and give him a hell of a night,” he concluded.
“I’ve got good footwork, I’ve got good head movement, I’ve got hand speed and punch selection. All of the above and good power as well to mix in with that.”
McKean vs Hrgovic goes down on August 13 (AEST) and forms part of the undercard of Matchroom Boxing’s show headlined by Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius. To stream, click here (subscription required).