Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Heavyweight Pulev staying busy
By Dan Rafael
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko holds multiple alphabet belts, which means he is subject to multiple mandatory defenses.
Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev is staying active while waiting for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko's title.
One of them will come on April 26 when Klitschko makes his 16th title defense against Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany. (By the way, the Klitschko camp told me they do not have an American television deal yet for the fight but that their representatives at IMG are shopping the fight to various networks.)
While Klitschko is occupied with Leapai, that means another one of his mandatory challengers, Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs), awaits his shot, which comes after Leapai's in the mandatory rotation.
Rather than sit for however many months it might take before Pulev, 32, of Bulgaria, gets the title bout, he is at least staying busy. Pulev is scheduled for an eight-round bout on Saturday in Rostock, Germany, according to Sauerland Event promoter Chris Meyer.
The fight, which will be on the undercard of Juergen Braehmer's light heavyweight title defense against Enzo Maccarinelli, was initially supposed to come against Elijah McCall (12-3-1, 11 KOs), the son of former heavyweight titlist Oliver McCall. However, McCall dropped out of the fight for an unspecified reason and Meyer said a replacement opponent is being sought.
The fight will be Pulev's second since outpointing Tony Thompson in August in the elimination fight that made him the mandatory challenger. In December, Pulev stopped Joey Abell in the fifth round.
Meyer said that after Pulev's fight on Saturday the title fight is supposed to be his next bout. Meyer said that Pulev plans to attend Klitschko-Leapai.