Pulev Accepts IBF Mandatory Against Whyte
After the IBF ordering a final eliminator between Dillian Whyte and Kubrat Pulev, Pulev has accepted the offer for a potential fight set in June.
In a report from Sky Sports, Pulev’s promoter Nisses Sauerland, confirmed that not-only did Pulev accept the offer, but the Bulgarian wants to earn another opportunity at Anthony Joshua, who he was set to face in October of last year. Pulev hopes that a deal can be reached with Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I just hope Dillian accepts it, we have,” Sauerland exclusively told Sky Sports. “We have accepted the position and we’re ready to go.
“Everyone wants the Joshua fight now. Everyone wants a Deontay Wilder fight. Both guys are world champions, they deserve to be world champions, but both guys have weaknesses as we’ve seen. It’s exciting at the moment, the heavyweight division.”
While Whyte has several other options on the table, including being the number one ranked contender for Deontay Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title, Sauerland believes Pulev’s drawing power in Bulgaria is a strong enough incentive for Whyte to sign for a fight, even if it is in the United Kingdom.
“My brother is already in touch with Eddie obviously, and so am I,” said Sauerland. “The good thing is – both ways there is commercial value to it.
“In Bulgaria, Kubrat is a national hero, sells 20,000 [tickets] when he fights. Dillian obviously headlines at The O2, and is an interesting fighter in his own right. It’s a big fight, either way we look at it.
“June could work definitely. Kubrat’s in training again, so it would work well. He’s recovered from the injury and ready to go again.”