The IBF have today confirmed that their world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will have to defend his belt against the unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
Pulev holds an exemplary record of 20 wins, with 11 coming by way of knockout. The Bulgarian has built a decent reputation for himself over the last few years and could finally provide a decent opponent for the long-term champion.
The most notable victory on his career to date is over the veteran American Tony Thompson August of last year.
Thompson is a man very well known to British fight fans following his two brilliant victories over David Price Last year. Thompson is a very good boxer who until being beaten by Pulev had only been beaten by Wladimir Klitschko in a long career.
Thompson is a very good name to have on his record but Pulev is still somewhat of an unknown quantity. A 2014 clash with Klistchko will be the ultimate proving ground to finally discover just how good the Baltic bruiser really is.
At 6ft 4.5" he certainly has good height and is a decent boxer technically. Whether he will prove enough to test Klitschko is however a completely different question.
Klitschko has looked far too good in recent years and not many have even been able to cause him to break sweat.
Klitschko is fresh from easily beating Alex Leapai and would be extremely confident of beating Pulev too with his defensive prowess.
Pulev's career is looked after by German-based Sauerland Promotions, who are also looking to rebuild the career of the aforementioned David Price.
Sauerland don't mess around with people who aren't serious about the sport so Pulev clearly has something going for him.
Pulev would be a credible opponent and Klitschko may get some appreciation for fighting him rather than the likes of Alex Leapai. No offence intended to Leapai but he was never good enough to be fighting for a world title.
Pulev has earned his shot at the champion and will train his heart out should the fight go ahead. Currently talks are ongoing between Sauerland and Klitschko's K2 promotions with regards to the fight.
Klitschko would go into the fight the clear favourite and he would be more than likely to dominate the fight, although tired heavyweight fight fans will hope they finally have a genuine contest on their hands.
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