Top heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev is prepared to create a dash in his U.S. introduction.
Pulev (26-1, 13 KOs) will undertake Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs) at the 10-round major event Saturday evening at The Hangar at Costa Mesa, California.
Pulev-Dinu and the featherweight battle between former world champions Jessie Magdaleno and also Rico Ramos is going to be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The entire undercard, for example the returns of high 140-pound contender Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev and rising welterweight Chris van Heerden, will flow live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
Pulev, who’s ranked No. 1 by the IBF, is coming off a unanimous decision conquer Hughie Fury. Dinu lost his final bout via fourth-round stoppage into Jarrell Miller and wants to recharge his livelihood.
Two days until they enter the ring, so this really is what Pulev and Dinu had to state.
“Dinu is really a hard, tough fighter. We fought at 2007 at a world championship at his home country in Romania. We overcome Dinu, but it wasn’t easy. It was a challenging struggle. He’s really a busy technical fighter who yells a great deal of punches. He gets emotional in the ring. He’s a stand up fighter, so meaning he doesn’t really bend to his left and right. I need to take care of his high volume of punches arriving hard. I will need to concentrate constantly at the ring, so be focused and knock him out. I’d like the knock out real bad. This really will be all I think of. Me becoming my hands raised, looking down . ”
“After this, we want Oscar Rivas. We struggled at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Rivas won this struggle in a decision, and it torments me. I want that struggle bad and am asking Top Rank to doit. I saw what Rivas didn’t Jennings, however, Rivas can pay the price for doing what he did to me personally at the Olympics. ”
“First, we must deal with — and also be rid — Dinu on Saturday night and proceed. ”
On his defeat into Jarrell Miller
“This defeat against Miller was more meaningful than some one of my wins. I believe that I jumped in at an extremely high level and also the ability was good for mepersonally. Easily could box for 1-2 rounds how I boxed the very first few rounds against Millerand I could beat anyone. I’m prepared to try this now. ”
On which a win could mean for his livelihood
“A win means everything. Pulev is your mandatory challenger in the IBF, also with a win over him, I is going to be very close for getting my chance to fight for the heavyweight title. ”
“My Circle moved nicely. I’m 100 per cent prepared, plus it will reveal in my operation on March 23. ”
ESPN, 10 p.m. ET
Jessie Magdaleno vs. Rico Ramos, 10 rounds, vacant WBC USNBC featherweight title
ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET
Javier Molina vs. Abdiel Ramirez, 10/8 rounds, Super-lightweight
Tyler McCreary vs. Roberto Castaneda, 8/6 rounds, Feather-weight
David Kaminsky vs. Estevan Payan, 4 rounds, middleweight
Eric Puente vs. Alejandro Lopez, 4 rounds, lightweight.
Tervel Pulev vs. Mitch Williams, 8 rounds, cruiserweight
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