Aussie boxing heavyweight Demsey McKean considered for title shot

If anyone thought Australian heavyweight boxing was dying they may need to think again.

Australia finally has a boxer who is set for a shot at the top of the boxing world and potentially just one fight from a world title shot against Anthony Joshua.

And no, his name is not Justis Huni.

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Sky Sports is reporting 30-year-old fighter Demsey “The Tower of Terror” McKean is set to fight Filip Hrgovic in August, with the winner set to be the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF belt.

McKean has a record of 19-0 with 12 knockouts and has fought all his fights in Australia, including winning the Australian heavyweight title in 2017, a title he relinquished despite having not lost.

Faiga Opelu then win the title before Huni won it off him.

While McKean doesn’t have the profile of a Huni, Paul Gallen, Tim Tszyu or George Kamboses Jr., that could change very quickly.

The Sky Sports report said that the Queenslander is in talks with Hrgovic for the IBF eliminator after American Michael Hunter withdrew from negotiations for the Hrgovic fight with promoter Kalle Sauerland looking for a top 15 challenger.

“We’re in discussions with a number of names,” Sauerland, head of global boxing at Wasserman, told Sky Sports. “The Australian is on the list. Obviously we look at the rankings. It’s very, very tough.

“We do know that it will be at the end of August, and we expect fully that we will have an opponent in place in the next seven days.

“We are in talks with a number of opponents. Not just Mr McKean, a number of opponents, so I have to keep my mouth a little bit schtum on this, but you’ll all be very happy when it’s solved.”

McKean posted on Instagram on Wednesday: “Next fight soon to be locked in” followed by a fire emoji.

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He also posted on Facebook “Some big things in the pipeline at the moment” with a link to the Sky Sports article.

McKean is ranked 11th in both the WBO and IBF rankings and it would be a major step up the Queenslander to nab the fight with Hrgovic.

Hrgovic is 12-0 with 10 KOs, including one of the most savage one punch stoppages you’ll see on Greece’s Alexandre Kartozia last year.

Hrgovic is ranked 10th on the WBC rankings and fourth in the IBF.

If the fight does get over the line, it’ll be a battle of the giants with both men measuring in at 198cm.

McKean has also had three pro MMA fights, with a 2-1 record, although his last fight was in 2010, before his pro boxing career kicked off in 2014.

Demsey McKean in action against Dominik Musil. Picture: Clive FranklinSource:Supplied

But to McKean’s advantage is his southpaw stance, an advantage he’ll have to use to live up to his promoter Angelo Di Carlo’s comments to Sky Sports last year that the Aussie could be a hidden threat.

“We’ve got a kid who is rated in two divisions,” Di Carlo said. “He had three kickboxing fights. I think two MMA fights. Never been defeated in his life, so he’s hungry, a good puncher.

“Very tall, he’s 6’6”, a massive man. He’s had no amateur fights, but he moves better than the top amateurs.”

While the fight, and a win, would have the Aussie on a collision course with Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, first the Brit has to get through Oleksandr Usyk in September.

It comes after the Joshua-Tyson Fury fight fell apart after Fury was forced to give Deontay Wilder a trilogy fight.

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