In what is easily the toughest test since his fight against former WBA champ David Haye in 2011, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) will be putting his belts on the line against #1 IBF Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) next month on September 6th at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.
Pulev, 6’4 ½”, matches up well with the 6’6” Wladimir in terms of size and his ability to jab with power. Wladimir has a slight height advantage of a little less than two inches, but they’re both basically the same in the jab department. Continue reading
London 18 August – British Eurosport will show LIVE and Exclusive coverage of reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Saturday 6th September 2014
Pulev will fight the legendary IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion and WBO and WBA superchampion Wladimir Klitschko at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany. Continue reading
There are no more regular seats available for the IBF heavyweight title fight on Sep. 6 at the O2 World Hamburg. Kubrat Pulev said he tried to buy tickets for friends recently and he couldn’t, he contacted K2 promotions and found out he might find separate seats if he used a German IP address and checked regularly for availability. Those seats would be either lowest price that do not offer a good view or highest price (unreasonably expensive). Pulev himself was promised “one or two” free tickets, so he is not getting a lot of compliments from Klitschko and company.
The unbeaten Bulgarian knows he is a mandatory challenger per se, that is Wladimir Klitschko clearly does not want the fight and is only complying with an obligation. This is not a big money event for K2 while for Pulev this would be a career defining fight and his biggest payday. K2 promotions are handling the event and Kubrat Pulev is just a participant, and opponent that brings some intrigue and his 0 into the contest but not too much revenue. Continue reading
Unbeaten challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) reportedly wants testing done in the run up to his September 6th title challenge against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) at the O2 World Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. Pulev, 33, doesn’t say why he wants the testing done, because there already is testing done for the fight. Having extra testing done might seem like overkill and a waste of money.
Pulev said, “I’m checked for doping at least six times a year during training. Should always be available and communicate where I was staying and where I am at any time. Why not apply to Wladimir Klitschko? Thus it would be fair.”
Pulev, as the challenger, is hardly in the position to get his way in terms of extra drug testing. He can ask for it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Continue reading
Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) believes that he’s got the talent to beat IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) and take away all of his 4 world titles in their fight on September 6th at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.
While the 33-year-old Pulev hasn’t fought anyone good enough to give you any kind of indication that he’ll be able to beat Wladimir, he still comes across like someone who is dead certain that he’s going to be victorious over the 38-year-old Ukrainian. Continue reading
Hamburg, June 19th, 2014. IBF- and IBO-heavyweight champion as well as WBO- and WBA-superchampion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles on September 6th against the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev. The fight against the official IBF mandatory will be taking place at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany.
Kubrat „The Cobra“ Pulev from Sofia is 33 years old and 1,94m tall. The current No 1 of the IBF ranking has an outstanding record: 20 wins, 11 by KOs and no losses. From 2011 on, Pulev was IBF International Champion and became European Heavyweight Champion in 2012/2013. Continue reading
The World Heavyweight Championship fight between IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev and Wladimir Klitschko is on!
At the purse bids today in New Jersey (USA), K2 secured the fight with a bid of 7,250.131 million US dollars.
Kubrat Pulev: ‘’It does not matter to me when and where the fight takes place. I am ready to beat Klitschko and become Heavyweight Champion.’’
The fight could take place on September 6 at Hamburg’s O2 World.
Said Kalle Sauerland ‘’We look forward to a big fight between two evenly matched boxers. Kubrat Pulev has the opportunity to write heavyweight history in this fight against the reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko.’’
Wladimir Klitschko has his sights set on Bermane Stiverne who emerged as the new WBC champion after he sent Cristobal Arreola home early last Saturday. Klitschko is craving to unify the championship and reclaim the trophy his big brother Vitali relinquished and there may not be anyone to stop him.
There are formalities he needs to deal with before the unification and one of them is Deontay Wilder’s WBC mandatory challenger position. Even Bermane Stiverne would be a huge step up in class for Wilder and the winner would eventually have to fight Wladimir Klitschko. Mandatory status or not, Deontay Wilder might do what is in his best interest – avoid Wlad and hope he hangs them up soon. His initial step aside demand was reportedly unreasonable but he has not ruled this option out. One would expect a confident KO machine to go for the title full throttle and treat any distractions with contempt but the heavyweight circus is on the road again. Continue reading
The wait is over: Finally, Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) will get his chance to fight for the Heavyweight Championship of the World! The IBF has stated that Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) must defend his titles against his Berlin-based mandatory from Bulgaria in his very next bout.
“That’s what I call a late birthday gift,” says Pulev, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Sunday. “I was ringside when Wladimir defended his belts a few weeks ago. It was a walk in the park for him against Leapai. When Klitschko meets me inside the ring, I will cause him real problems to say the least. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfil my dream.”
Pulev, who is nicknamed the “Cobra” due to his fighting style, secured the IBF mandatory spot in August 2013 with a win over Tony Thompson. After Klitschko, the WBO/WBA Super Champion and IBF World Champion, successfully completed his WBO mandatory against Alex Leapai on April 26, Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, is next in line. Continue reading
Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev’s scheduled fight against TBA on April 5th almost fell apart as he had a hard time finding an opponent. Obviously schedules and budget for this event were tight as a couple of journey men snubbed the offer to face Pulev citing inadequate time for preparation and unattractive remuneration. It was a non-title fight to begin with as Pulev is unlikely to take any chances before it becomes clear whether Wladimir Klitschko will defend his IBF title against him.
The day was saved by the 39 year old Croatian boxer Ivica Percovic (20-24) who had little hope against an opponent of such caliber. Pulev worked from the outside and fired at will as he stayed practically outside his opponent’s limited range. Continue reading