I see this as a fairly easy win for Wladimir Klitschko. Ask Tony Thompson, who has been in with both. He is probably the most qualified to offer an opinion.Posted June 22, 2014 11:20 pm
Pulev got some people pulling their hairs. Pulev-Wlad 2014! Both bring no excuses and bring the best! Go Pulev!Posted June 22, 2014 5:22 pm
Wladimir will knock Pulev out . Wladimir is only hesitant when it’s against an opponent who packs a punch. This fight will be much like his 2nd fight with Chris Byrd. Actually I think Chris Byrd is more elusive that Pulev. I see this ending in 4.Posted June 22, 2014 5:00 pm
i dont think Pulew will beat Wladimir, hes too good for him.Posted June 22, 2014 12:49 pm
Wlad is tough in the clinches. He is powerful and strong and uses his strength and elbows to rough a guy up. Pulev is tough, but Wlad is also tough and knows how to wear an opponent down with his strength. Wlad may get cut in this one, but his toughness will secure a victory for him, in addition to his full arsenal of punches. And he has the full arsenal, where Pulev does not.Posted June 22, 2014 12:36 pm
Tark is right. The rest is not.Posted June 22, 2014 9:36 am
LMFAO.Posted June 22, 2014 7:02 am
burst a buble
The only pick is to say and once again heavyweight champions of the word, Ruslan ChangevPosted June 22, 2014 5:21 am
PULEV will beat Klitschko – between 10-12 rounds by TKO – for sure.Posted June 22, 2014 4:00 am
i figure a UD for klitschko. 117-111Posted June 22, 2014 2:07 am
Klitschko will demoralize Pulev with his jab for about 3 or 4 rounds. Then he will shoot the straight right, and it will be lights out Pulev.Posted June 21, 2014 10:25 pm
Kubrat likes steady pressure behind his jab. He likes to press the issue and make you feel uncomfortable. He has a very heavy and accurate jab which helps beat people down.
Dimitrenko was KO’d with a jab. Ustinov went out from a very long range left hook. Both were beaten down brutally with the jab … and also Pulev’s 250lbs behind it.
I don’t think that will work with Wladimir, but I’ll be interested in seeing what happens in the clinches. Pulev is a somewhat contemptuous character. A bit of Roberto Duran without the trash talking, if that makes sense.Posted June 21, 2014 10:18 pm
Tark, I agree he will attack Wlad like Thompson did in the first fight.
But, I think Pulev is a cautious fighter, not an agressive fighter who goes for the k.o.
Pulev kills you with a thousand cuts
If Pulev exchanges hooks with Wlad, he’s going down like Leapai and Povetkin.
Pulev wants to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
Pulev’s insane training I think refers to stamina training and wrestling- which he spoke of…
The key to Pulev winning is bursts of aggression- not balls to the wall recklessnessPosted June 21, 2014 8:38 pm
yo…, I think the jab will be a strategy… but Wladimir has a better and sharper jab – and cracks the right hand behind it very well – and his left hook is a killer.
I believe the strategy will be steady pressure… Even if Pulev is taking considerable punishment he has to keep the presssure on — he’s not going to get an opportunity to hurt Wladimir seriously if he can’t remain uncomfortably close…
He knows this and that’s what his “insane training” comment was all about.Posted June 21, 2014 8:26 pm
If you’ve never been beaten and have been a pro for 10 years or more… and you’re a big ass heavyweight… and you trained insanely for months on end… and a victory would completely change your life… and you’re facing a 38-year-old man who’s been knocked out before?
Just because you lose the first round or first 5 rounds doesn’t mean you’re not going to be ready to take your shot at victory when the slightest opportunity presents itself. You’ve lived your life for this one moment.
I believe Pulev is going to step on the gas and go for it at some point during the fight… He knows he’s a massive underdog, and he knows huge underdogs have won before. He doesn’t want to leave that ring without having taken his best shot at knocking Wladimir out. He’s a winner and has a lot of character. Plus he believes he’s physically tougher than Wladimir. That’s a big mental edge if you can ever force a brutal exchange.
I make him a 6:1 underdog… You wouldn’t spin the barrel on a revolver and point it at your head would you? Wladimir is taking a small of chance himself.Posted June 21, 2014 8:17 pm
Tark, I think it gets eveb better than that: Pulev doesn’t have to set up a power shot, his JAB is power shot.
Pulev bloodied Ustinov’s face early in round two primarily with the jab.
Pulev can damage Wlad fighting cautiously, and simply pumping the jab.
Pulev does not have to leave himself open by swinging wide hooks.
That is the beauty of Pulev’s style- he conserves energy by relying on his jab, not energy depleting hooks.Posted June 21, 2014 8:10 pm
And then he steps into the ring and realizes how intimidating Wlad is and goes into survival mode!Posted June 21, 2014 7:39 pm
Pulev is undefeated because he’s very smart…
You may underrate his power but NOBODY else ever stopped Ustinov or Dimitrenko.
If you can punch – and your opponent has been knocked out – you have a chance.
This title shot is something Pulev has been working towards for many years. Fight night will be the pivotal and most critical moment of his whole career – maybe his whole life. Therefore his preparation is going to be insane. He’s going to do a David Haye.
Mariusz Wach was given no chance. He took a severe beating round after round. Then Wach’s right hand hit pay dirt. Wladimir was hurt – but Wach didn’t, or couldn’t, follow up well. Pulev probably studied that portion of that fight over and over again, thinking, “What could I do differently? How in the world did Wladimir slip away?”
He’ll have a plan. He’ll be looking for the long left hook, not the right hand. He won’t give a damn about how many rounds he’s losing – except he knows the earlier he strikes the better. He knows he has to land that rangy left hook … and be very cool on the follow up.
He probably believes the first 2 rounds will give him the best occasions to pull the cord. It’s like buying put options… They’re wasting assets so you exercise them soon as you can.Posted June 21, 2014 6:47 pm
@burst a bubble…oh ffs. Oquendo is totally irrelevant in todays hw picture. And this title is a pointless joke. chagev is a decent fighter but a win over Fres means NOTHINGPosted June 21, 2014 5:32 pm
burst a buble
As ive said many times before Changev is going to be the man on everyones lips soon. When he wins the WBA world title in a couple of weeks against Fres, he has been promised a shot against steverne from King. These talks were done before the arreola fightPosted June 21, 2014 4:21 pm
Joshua? Anthony Joshua has had a handful of pro fights and needs a few years seasoning with all kinds of opponents. David Price knows that, lol! Wlad might not be around then and Wlad ain’t gonna hang around just for him either.Posted June 21, 2014 3:02 pm
what else can Pulev say? If he was honest he would tell us he hopes he gets out of the confrontation in the ring with Wladimir with only a headache.Posted June 21, 2014 12:01 pm
By the way , where are those fan-boys that were on this site , clamoring about how Wlad is ” ducking ” Pulev ?Posted June 21, 2014 9:33 am
so this is what the plastic hw fans have been waiting for. LMFAO.Posted June 21, 2014 9:16 am
Pulev will get knocked out. he will give it a good go though and it will be a good fight. Biggest question in the division is will Vlad hang around long enough to give the next two serious challengers a crack at the titles. Wilder stands a chance of getting the fight, but i’d like to see him in with Joshua too.Posted June 21, 2014 8:21 am
TKO round 11Posted June 21, 2014 7:58 am
wlad-late stoppagePosted June 21, 2014 6:52 am
Oh another one of smith (peej) article …you can tell it’s him after reading a few lines only …Posted June 21, 2014 5:45 am
turbo hamster on tequila
Wlad. UD. It well be like chagaev.Posted June 21, 2014 4:41 am
Snot.Posted June 21, 2014 12:01 am
WladPosted June 20, 2014 11:20 pm
Time to nail your colours to the mast everyone. A one word post of your picks name. Then we all have a record of who picked who and afterwards nobody is able to claim something dishonest. That said in sure there will be some notable absences in those regulars who post. For anyone who has trouble understanding this see the example in the next postPosted June 20, 2014 11:20 pm
pulev did box the very good Thompson.Posted June 20, 2014 10:29 pm
You know nothing jon snow
Where are all the guys who were claiming Wlad was ducking Pulev? Fight’s signed and announced.
Posted June 20, 2014 6:52 pm
Pulev should make an entertaining KO victim unless his pinky toe is swollen. For those clamoring for a Wlad/ Fury match thinking he has any chance whatsoever, I really can’t help your mental state. Fury punched himself in the face. Fury had trouble with the power of an old small washed up light punching cruiser that put him on his ass. He has no real power. He is slow. In other words just bring Leapi back in, because at least he had a “punchers chance” because I don’t want to see “no chance” even if Wlad is at 50%.Posted June 20, 2014 7:28 pm
Where are all the guys who were claiming Wlad was ducking Pulev? Fight’s signed and announced.Posted June 20, 2014 6:52 pm
no more ali-frazier, this is klitschko-pulev, this a new era and a great onePosted June 20, 2014 6:09 pm
Gumboot loves boxtras tiny, limp c0ck even after it has contracted syphilis from his sisterPosted June 20, 2014 4:18 pm
pulev and vlad, not like 40 years ago is it, this is a delicious time to be a fight fanPosted June 20, 2014 4:05 pm
Gumboot vs wilder 2015. Deontay, you are officially called out right here and now on ESB. Man up. You would find the great Gumboot a stronger challenge than your usual opponents and I have earned a title shot equally as much as you. Wilder vs Gumboot 2015. Lets make it happen! Gumboot by KO in the second. I am the greatest fight prophet ever born and the next great hw champion of the world!Posted June 20, 2014 3:42 pm
To aj1575– I will greatly disagree with you on speed. Wladimir possesses more speed than Pulev without doubt. If you cannot see that, you need a new television.Posted June 20, 2014 1:53 pm
bangers and beanz
F~k of Anonymous,you carrot top suckerPosted June 20, 2014 11:39 am
When Wlad’s jab starts to connect, the jab totally upsets the opponents rhythm and game plan. Wlads jab is a pulverizing jab. This will still be a good match because Pulev is so big.Posted June 20, 2014 11:16 am
It’s O.K. to claim you’re going to beat the champ and take his tittle , that is after all what every contender worth his
Just watched some footage from Pulev. I’m not impressed. He can put pressure on C-level fighter, but when he faces better opponents, he gets very carefull in his approach. He also needs many hits until his opponents finally drop; his KO power is limited.
I think we will see a lot of running from Pulev after 3 rounds when he hit survival mode. It is not that he can not box, no, he is one of the better HW’s out there right now. But he is kind of made for Wladimir. A technically skilled boxer who does not like to brawl, but with limited power. The problem is, that Wlad is better in almost any department, except for the speed. So Wlad can work him all night long, without a high risk of being knocked out (not enough power, no Haymaker…). To me the only question is, will Pulev fight to win (and loose by KO) or will he run to survive 12 rounds.Posted June 20, 2014 10:43 am
If you like back hair and a thick Slavic…accent…He’s you’re guy!Posted June 20, 2014 9:59 am
Wlad fights his mandatories. He is not giving up any belts.Posted June 20, 2014 9:43 am
so this is wladdy”s best fight out there. hahahahaha.Posted June 20, 2014 9:11 am
T-boxing,, the knockdown against Abell was clearly a balance issue. But you knew that already.Posted June 20, 2014 8:06 am
Pulev is not super tested, but saying he just fought B and C fighters is lame. Stupid article.Posted June 20, 2014 7:34 am
Pulev is the best challenger right now. I think tghe fight could be fairly competetive, but it will be a chess match. Like Haye-Wlad. Without the trash talkingPosted June 20, 2014 7:05 am
Let’s get real Pulev was decked by a bum named Abell. Even fatass Arreola destroyed Abell in the first round. Pulev is a B fighter nothing special.
Pulev will do well I think, but suffer a 12 round decision loss.
Say wot u like against pulev but this should be a good fight wlad wins but least it will be competitive
I liked the way Pulev chopped down two very big men being Dimitrenko and Ustinov and handled a very sneaky rangy southpaw but wlad is several levels above these guys. Pulev will at least test wlads ability more than leapai, pianetta, mormeck and wach did but wlad is the champ and he should handle pulev well. Pulev is a much better match up than stiverne who is too short, too slow and has a low work rate and will simply not land a big punch on wlad and I doubt stiverne will beat wilder if they meet.Posted June 20, 2014 3:14 am
Pulev despite his solid 6’4 frame is a mobile jabber. Both men will try to out jab each other all nite. Both men will be cautious. Pulev will have more success than Sultan Ibragimov but it will be a similar type of fight with very little close in action. Wlad the taller faster man with the longer reach and bigger punch will win by boring UD. Both men will not engage as they are both cautious boxers not brawlers.Posted June 20, 2014 3:10 am
England out of World Cup
Pulev did not say this. Why sites and press put words in his mouth?Posted June 20, 2014 3:04 am
Pulev packs his left low inviting Wlad to pulverize him with jabs.
Sthom and Sredmond–that still leaves three billion! At two defenses a year, Klit should make all time great status in 1.5 billion years!Posted June 19, 2014 11:01 pm
PEEJ, you think peewee Herman will KO Wlad, then after the fight you call the fighters you pick to beat him Bums. You dude are boring.Posted June 19, 2014 8:07 pm
Does Pulev really believe this foolishness? If so, it is his personal fable.Posted June 19, 2014 7:35 pm
SRedmond, interesting that you mentioned everyone but able bodied men in your comment. Are you suggesting that there are just not enough able bodied men on Earth for a talent pool large enough to be competitive with WK?Posted June 19, 2014 7:23 pm
is this as good as it gets.lol.Posted June 19, 2014 6:38 pm
Pulev: “I will get Wladimir’s titles and replace him as World champion”
I am thinking Wlad TKO around round 8-11, but could see a wide UD. I do think Pulev will hit the canvas at some time during the fight. The only way I see Pulev winning is via a cut or injury, and I think he is an excellent fighter.Posted June 19, 2014 6:31 pm
World Cup Uruguay 2 England 1
Wlad 118-109.Posted June 19, 2014 6:26 pm
I think the article does disservice to Pulev. He fought the best he could and took a stay busy fight to keep his game sharp, but Wlad also fought who he could and was mandated to. Either way there is no-one that Pulev could have fought to get him ready for Wlad, there is only one Wlad.Posted June 19, 2014 6:13 pm
Wlad is going to fight Pulev so there will be no IBF title handed over to him. Wlad isn’t avoiding anyone, plus he wants to keep his belts. Unification afterwards would be cool. Klitschko TKO Pulev.Posted June 19, 2014 6:13 pm
These are the 2 best heavyweights right now so it is great to see Wladiimir always fighting the best. Pulev has real confidence I thin Wlad knows this will be his hardest fight since his first fight against Tony “Tiger” Thompson.Posted June 19, 2014 6:09 pm
Wlad pads his record this past year and gets praise. Pulev puts guys bigger than him to get ready for Wlad and gets no credit. Tony gave up against Wlad. Nothing to gain. If Tony would have given up against Pulev, he would have cashed in his worth. Tony is still the best in the USA and would in a heart beat take the belt from Stiverne. King is not going to let Tony get near Stiverne. With that said . . . it is about time, Wlad-Pulev I. Go Pulev! Set up Wlad-Pulev IIPosted June 19, 2014 5:42 pm
7 billion people don’t box St Thomas think about that 4 billion of them are women, exclude kids, cripples and the elderly..Posted June 19, 2014 4:45 pm
Wlad’s been unbeaten in ten years. There are billions of people on the planet yet no competition for him compared to previous era’s? What’s wrong with our species?Posted June 19, 2014 4:35 pm
Yeah,yeah,yeah,Posted June 19, 2014 4:33 pm
I dont think Pulev beaats David Haye or KlitschkoPosted June 19, 2014 4:32 pm
go drink some VodkaPosted June 19, 2014 4:13 pm
this is a fantastic matchup!
I have not been this interested in a Klitschko fight since Chisora slapped Vitaly and spit on Wlad at the weigh-in.
Pulev is a mean, tough, hombre with skill.
If Klitschko can beat him at 38 years old, he is an all time great. Without question.Posted June 19, 2014 4:11 pm
Pulev does not even have serious “power” working for him no amount hype is gonna make this some sort of Summit meeting… Pulev is a solid challenger during this dorman era of HW boxing but he does not stand out from the pack by much unless you benchmark him against Mormeck, Pianeta, Lepai and Wach who are just woeful…Posted June 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Sorry but the “Cobra” is going to be defanged. Wlad is just too much for the likes of Pulev.Posted June 19, 2014 3:50 pm
this is an excellent mathup, good luck to both of these fighters.Posted June 19, 2014 3:44 pm
i like pulev but he’s out of his depth here.. there is only 1 fight that could be even remotely competetive and that’s wilder – klitschko.. forget stiverne he reached his level with areola..Posted June 19, 2014 3:33 pm
wlad-kubrat I ……………. Go Cobra!Posted June 19, 2014 2:46 pm
Everybody that hates Klitschko keep on dreaming, Pulev doesn’t only lose, he gets KNOCKED OUT. If you are a serious boxing fan, look at his class and his record, he’s not a great boxer, and he surely is not a great puncher, whats he got 10 K.Os, look at who he has fought and who Klitchko has fought, no comparison, as I said, if you want a cheap thrill, keep on dreaming and picking Pulev. Best Wishes.Posted June 19, 2014 2:24 pm
BURGER IN A BAP
f~k of Anonymous you sack of manurePosted June 19, 2014 2:22 pm
Pulev’s last fight was 8 rounds. So…a joke fight.Posted June 19, 2014 2:22 pm
Another Boxing Fan
BEARS, call somebody wise and experienced to explain you what is it box and how easy Pulev will be “smoked” …
Wlad retains by clear UD or late stoppage. Hopefully Pulev makes a fight of it.Posted June 19, 2014 1:48 pm
Another Boxing Fan
I can see Stiverne-Pulev next year, but before this fight there will be obligatory title defence Wlad-Pulev II.Posted June 19, 2014 1:41 pm
Pulev you are gonna get SMOKED!!!! If you do not run or lack action you will get knocked out and the odds of that increase the more you press the action or close the gap or get in range.
essentially pulev if your are not running you are getting knocked outPosted June 19, 2014 1:40 pm
Earned his opportunity has Pulev. But won’t win. But is definitely a more qualified opponent than some. He at least has a credible series of victories. Far better than any over-protected, over-hyped 30-0 bs-job.Posted June 19, 2014 1:36 pm
Dimetrenko: I will defeat Pulev
Ustinov: I will defeat Pulev
Thompson: I will defeat Pulev
See the constant here…Posted June 19, 2014 1:29 pm
Povetkin ”I will defeat Wladimir”
See the constant here?
Wlad will win by UD but it should be competitive. Pulev has a good chin but lacks clean KO power IMOPosted June 19, 2014 1:09 pm
no chance….only wilder can beat vladiPosted June 19, 2014 12:40 pm
This is just another troll article. Don’t take it seriously.
Pulev has tried to fight Wilder, Fury, Jennings, Adamek, etc. They all ran away with their tails between their legs.
The author either knows this and is trolling, or else doesn’t know it, and is too ignorant to write on the subject.Posted June 19, 2014 12:37 pm
Wlad knocks him out in the 6thPosted June 19, 2014 12:33 pm
Pulev will dethrone the so called heavyweight king. He may even drop him at some point during the fight but is unlikely to stop him.Posted June 19, 2014 12:23 pm
just look at the fat balding useless bum on the left. priceless.Posted June 19, 2014 12:13 pm
Brazilian Boxing Fan
I believe Wlad will win.Posted June 19, 2014 12:08 pm
The only title challenger I’ve ever seen who didn’t say he was going to win was the incompetent Brian London.
He got 2 title shots, against Patterson and Ali.
Asked if he would beat Patterson he said, “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. I’ll do my best. That’s all I can do.”
Asked if he would beat Ali he said, “I’m going to have a go. It’s a long shot you know. I’m going to have a go.”
Everyone else, as far as I can remember, has always gotten with the program.Posted June 19, 2014 11:52 am
you can’t blame the ibf for not matching pulev with someone good. the ibf try to match pulev with adamek,fury and jennings but they all pull out for fear of losing to pulev.Posted June 19, 2014 11:48 am
Tua’s career was over when microwaves came to the market, bad example.Posted June 19, 2014 11:41 am
Who is the upper tier of heavyweights that Pulev hasn’t fought? He beat Thompson and Thompson just beat Odlanier Solis and KOed David Price twice. Pulev beat Ustinov who would be a handful for anybody not named Klitschko. Ustinov just ended David Tua’s career. Dimentrenko could also give anybody except Klitschko a good fight on a good night. Thompson, Ustinov, and Dimentrenko could beat any heavyweight in the division other than Klitschko on a good night. There is no preparation for Wladimir. He is that much better than all the rest.Posted June 19, 2014 11:38 am