Pulev Looks To Impress In U.S. Debut
Two years ago, Kubrat Pulev had his chance to become heavyweight champion pulled away from him due to injury. On March 23rd, Pulev looks to fight his way back into world title contention against Bogdan Dinu on ESPN.
The heavyweight battle headlines a card from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California, that will see Pulev attempt to match his effort against Hughie Fury in 2018.
When asked about his opponent, Pulev admitted fighting Dinu will not be easy the second time around.
Top heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev is ready to make a splash in his U.S. debut.
“Dinu is a hard, tough fighter,” Pulev told reporters during fight week. “We fought in 2007 at a world championship in his home country in Romania. We beat Dinu, but it wasn’t easy. It was a hard fight. He is a busy technical fighter who throws a lot of punches. He gets emotional inside the ring. He is a stand-up fighter, meaning he doesn’t really bend to his left and right. I have to deal with his high volume of punches coming in hard. I need to concentrate at all times in the ring, be focused and then knock him out. I want the knockout real bad. That is all I think about. Me getting my hand raised, looking down at him.”
“After this, we want Oscar Rivas. We fought at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Rivas won that fight in a decision, and it still torments me. I want that fight bad and am asking Top Rank to do it. I saw what Rivas did to Jennings, but Rivas will pay the price for doing what he did to me at the Olympics.”
“First, we must deal with — and get rid of — Dinu on Saturday night and move on.”
For Dinu, this is a fight for redemption, not only for the loss as amateurs, but to bounce back from a fourth-round KO loss to Jarrell Miller in November of last year.
“That defeat against Miller was more meaningful than any of my wins” Dinu said this week. “I feel that I jumped in at a very high level and the experience was good for me. If I could box for 12 rounds the way I boxed the first three rounds against Miller, I can beat anyone. I am prepared to do that now.”
“A win means everything. Pulev is the mandatory challenger in the IBF, and with a win over him, I will be very close to getting my chance to fight for the heavyweight title.”
“My camp has gone very well. I am 100 percent prepared, and it will show in my performance on March 23.”
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