Could Fury End Up Facing Pulev?
Boxing is in an interesting spot. With the sport on hold due to the coronavirus, matchups are currently being postponed. That halts plans for future bouts that would have already been planned by now. While contracts are still in play, could there be a switch in matchups for the top fighters of the sport’s heavyweight division?
As of this moment, WBC Heavyweight and lineal Champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are scheduled for a trilogy fight sometime before 2020 ends. On the other side, Anthony Joshua is set to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Titles against Kubrat Pulev. What if Pulev was able to face Fury, even with all these plans going on? Ivaylo Gotsev, Pulev’s manager, told Sky Sports that anything is possible. Given Pulev’s history, he is counting on it happening.
“We’ve got a little history going here, with Kubrat and British heavyweights. He’s knocked off quite a few,” Gotsev stated.
“He shut up Derek Chisora, because he had a big mouth. That was great, then beating another Fury, the little cousin was also a pretty good feat. That was the fight that qualified him to be the No 1 contender to Joshua, another British champion, so there is a little connection there.”
Pulev’s (28-1) streak against British fighters is impressive. He beat Matt Skelton in his fifth pro fight via knockout. The Bulgarian then beat Michael Sprott to retain the IBF International Heavyweight Title. Facing Chisora in 2016, Pulev won via split decision to win the European Heavyweight Title. To end 2018, he beat Fury’s brother Hughie via unanimous decision.
There are rumors of Fury and Joshua fighting one another by going past Wilder and Puelv. Pulev is adamant that the contract between him and Joshua can’t be broken. Gotsev has even recommended locations where the fight can take place. In a potential Wilder-Fury fight, it would be a two-fight deal. If Pulev can beat Joshua, his mission to take out all English fighters will bring him to Fury, if the latter can beat Wilder again.
“Kubrat versus UK, I like that. A little name for himself there, so yeah, let’s deal with Joshua first,” Gotsev went on to say. Let the best man win, and then we’ll look at options with Tyson Fury.
“Either way, all roads lead to Fury. I can say that, because I think he’s shown to be one of the supreme guys out there, if not the supreme guy. He is the man. It would be delightful to face the UK champions, one after another, wouldn’t it.”
Who do you think would win in a fight between Pulev and Fury?