Pulev Leads Race For Ruiz-Joshua Winner

Oleksandr Usyk has been considered the next in line to face the winner of December 7th’s Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua rematch for the unified world heavyweight title.

Now, it seems the WBO’s mandatory challenger may be pushed back as the IBF’s mandatory challenger seems to be next.

“Kubrat Pulev’s next fight will be for the IBF world heavyweight title,” his promoters Top Rank told Sky Sports. “If the Joshua-Ruiz winner decides not to fight Pulev, his next fight will be for the vacant IBF title.”

Pulev has lost only one of his 29 career fights, which was against then unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko, and was set to face Anthony Joshua in 2017, but was pulled due to injury and replaced by journeyman Carlos Takam.

Usyk earned the right to be the mandatory challenger due to abdicating his WBO light heavyweight championship to move up to heavyweight and made his debut in the division against Chazz Witherspoon back in October.

Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas told Sky Sports: “We don’t know what happens on December 7. But if it is possible to fight in between and not to wait for another six months, I think Chisora will be a good fight for Usyk.”

Report: Sky Sports

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