Pulev vs. Hughie Fury Set for Oct. 27
Kubrat Pulev is finally scheduled to make his return after about a year and a half away from the ring, as he is set to take on British heavyweight champion Hughie Fury in an IBF title eliminator on Oct. 27 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The IBF had ordered Pulev to face Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller in title eliminator bouts, both of whom turned the Bulgarian fighter down. But Pulev is happy he can finally fight again now that Fury, cousin of former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has accepted the call.
“Two have refused so far — Whyte and Miller, but Fury has already said no problem and he will play,” Pulev said. “The date is clear — October 27, the fight will be in Sofia. It looks like it’ll be a very interesting fight. He is a good, young boxer.”
Pulev went 20-0 to start his professional career before losing a heavyweight title bout to Wladimir Klitschko in November 2014. Pulev rebounded since with five straight wins, with his most recent coming in April 2017 with a unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson. Pulev was scheduled to take on Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight title bout last October, but he was forced out of the bout with an injury.
“I sustained the injury — I’m a man after all, though I’m almost a super man, but now I’m fully recovered,” Pulev said. “This game (against Joshua) will take place, it’s getting near and I have to win.”
Fury also started 20-0 before coming up short in a WBO title bout with then-champion Joseph Parker in September 2017. Fury rebounded and picked up the British Heavyweight Title back on May 12 with a fifth-round TKO over Sam Sexton.
Original Story: Boxing Scene