From Allan Fox: Former heavy weight world title challenger Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (26-1, 13 KOs) will soon be looking to get his seventh straight fight this Saturday night on Top Rank Boxing in a 10 round struggle contrary to the recently knockedout Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs) on ESPN/ESPN Deportes at The Hanger n Costa Mesa, California.
Dinu, 3 2, has been knocked out in the fourth round by Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller past November.
It’SA buzzkill to get a great deal of boxing fans who Pulev is confronting a fighter that’s coming out of a knockout loss to Jarrell Miller in his last struggle. It’s hard for people to get excited about watching Pulev face some guy who lost his last struggle against the 315-pound Miller.
Pulev, 3-7, recently signed a three-fight promotional bargain on Top Rank Boxing, and they appear to be looking to slowly build him up in precisely the exact same way that they’re doing former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury in fitting him carefully against opposition that he can easily defeat before placing him in with the kind of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder or even IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Prime Rank likely won’t match Pulev and Fury against eachother, because there’s more money to be made by the promotional company by simply keeping them separate avenues for name shots against Joshua and/or Wilder. There was nothing controversial about the decision. Pulev was simply too talented for Hughie, that looked as over-matched against him as he did in his loss to Joseph Parker.
Pulev, 6’4 1/2″, is the WBO mandatory for Joshua. Pulev missed out on a title shot against Joshua in October 2017 when he suffered an injury a week before the struggle, and had to grab. Pulev was replaced by Carlos Takam, who had been discontinued from the 10th round by Joshua at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Pulev’s injury prevented him from becoming a enormous payday against Joshua. Pulev may ’t even afford to reduce to the 6’5, 5 ″ Romanian Dinu. A loss for Pulev will sink his chances of getting a struggle with AJ. Top Rank did their homework of course, and they definitely see him as some guy that’s beatable. They wouldn’t’ve made the Pulev-Dinu fight should they hadn’t fully vetted Dinu ahead of time to see that he’s no more danger of beating Pulev. The main reason why Pulev took the struggle with Dinu was to stay sharp while he waits for his ultimate title shot against Joshua. With Joshua’s prevalence, there’s no telling just how long Pulev need to hold back before he eventually will get a title shot .
He’s more of a fighter that was pure, that jabs his opponents for 12 rounds to win decisions. Occasionally, Pulev will evaluate a nod with his own jabs being too much because of his opposition, but he’s been able to match the high caliber heavy weights he’s faced in Wladimir Klitschko, Dereck Chisora and Tony Thompson. Klitschko stopped Pulev from the fifth round in 2014 in a onesided struggle. Pulev has won all six of the fights since the reduction to Klitschko, beating Hughie Fury, Chisora, George Arias, Kevin Johnson, Samuel Peter and Maurice Harris. Pulev’s recent win over Chisora and Hughie revealed that he’s fighting a high grade, also may defeat the fringe level heavy weights from the branch when perhaps not the elite level guys. The truth is, we don’t even discover how good Pulev is because he’s perhaps maybe not faced a talented stride since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. But be confident, Pulev is going to perform the job Dinu on Saturday.