Unbeaten heavyweight Demsey McKean is next in the ring against the IBF’s number one challenger Filip Hrgovic on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte, and has shared his views on how he thinks the main event will go.
The Australian is a former mixed martial arts and Muay Thai star who also played both rugby union and league until his teenage years. He has had just one loss across all combat sports, stands 6″6′ tall, and fights out of the southpaw stance.
His last outing was in October 2022 and was a third-round knockout win over Patrick Korte to win him the IBF Inter-continental heavyweight belt.
He has few recognisable names on his record outside of an eight-round points win over Ariel Esteban Bracamonte, who is known for losses to Frazer Clarke, Dave Allen and Solomon Dacres in the UK. He has, however, been in camp with Josuha in the past and even linked to fight him.
Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist Hrgovic was seen as lucky by many to get a unanimous points win over 12 rounds against China’s Zhilei Zhang last time out in August last year in Jeddah.
The two will battle it out before Joshua and Whyte step through the ropes to put a full stop on their domestic rivalry.
Speaking to Seconds Out, McKean said he believes their last performances – both against Jermaine Franklin – tell the story of how this fight will play out.
“I think AJ will come away with the win. Going off their past performances, you’re only as good as your last performance, obviously fighting the same opponent in Jermaine Franklin, I think AJ boxes smart and gets the win, maybe even possibly a stoppage.
Dillian hasn’t really looked his best in his last couple of performances. At least we’re starting to get some momentum for the heavyweight division now.:
It will be the third time Joshua and Whyte face off following an amateur points win for Whyte and a KO in the pros for Joshua, who won the British heavyweight title that night.
Both now have three losses on their record, and fans consider this a test to see who can still mix it at the very top level.