British heavyweight Danny Hughes will face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev this weekend in Rostock, Germany.
This is the Bulgarian’s third change of opponent on the undercard of Enzo Maccarinelli’s world title challenge against Jurgen Braehmer.
Elijah McCall was announced by the Sauerland brothers on Twitter as his opponent, only for the American to reject their final terms. Unheralded Joey Dawejko was expected to come in as his replacement, only for him to sign for a different fight on Thursday night.
After a frantic search for a last minute replacement, Sauerland Promotions have turned to Hughes in order to get their man some rounds ahead of his IBF title challenge next time out.
Sunderland fighter Hughes is unbeaten over four or more rounds. With a record of 12-2-2, both defeats came in Prizefighter competitions to Michael Sprott and ‘A-Force’ Audley Harrison.
Despite his 12 victories, only two had winning records going into their fights and he has only had two fights since September 2011.
Hughes is also due to fight Hughie Fury, younger brother of Tyson, on Frank Warren’s Copper Box show in London next weekend. Taking the Pulev fight could put that bout in jeopardy if Hughes loses early, with a 30-day respite period in place for anyone who suffers a defeat by knockout.
Pulev represents a serious step up in class for him. The 32-year-old is unbeaten in 19 outings, recording ten knockouts, and will face the winner of Wladimir Klitschko vs Alex Leapai on April 26 for the Ukrainian’s IBF title.
The Bulgarian is widely respected in an otherwise average heavyweight division and potentially represents the best prospect of beating Klitschko at the present time.
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