This coming weekend heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko will defend his word titles yet again.
Klitschko aged 38 will defend his IBF, WBO and WBA world titles in Hamburg against Bulgarian 33 year old Kubrat 'The Cobra' Pulev in what could be his most competitive defence in years.
Klitschko will be aiming to make his 17th successive world title defence and 24th defence overall which would put him just behind the legendary Joe Louis.
Arm injury postponed bout
The fight was originally supposed to have taken place in September but Klitschko was forced to postpone the bout due to an arm injury.
Klitschko will enter the ring as the undoubted dominant man in the division with a highly impressive record of 62 wins and 3 losses including 52 wins by way of knock out.
Pulev has strong credentials
Pulev holds an unbeaten record of 20-0 with 11 knock outs and standing at 6ft 4.5 he is nearly as tall as Klitschko. Too often have we seen Klitschko facing off with men much physically smaller than himself and he is able to bully them.
Pulev is not only nearly as tall as Klitschko but he will also probably come into the ring slightly heavier than the champion. He is a big unit of a man who will not be able to be leaned on and pushed around as easily as other opponents.
Looking through Puelv's record he has beaten some good opponents including the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko, Alexander Ustinov and Tony Thompson who are all taller than himself.
Pulev normally takes a few rounds to get going and truly get into his work and he isn't the biggest puncher but he is a technically sound and strong boxer who can present problems to Klitschko.
Prepare for a battle of the jab
Klitschko is famous for his ramrod, sickening jab which dictates his opponent and keeps them at range. This then allows him to land his straight right hand and finish off opponents after rounds of not allowing them near him.
Pulev himself has a very good jab and will have to look to beat Klitschko to the punch. It is however unlikely that he will be able to do so as Klitschko is the better technician of the two.
Pulev times his shots well and will have to try and push Klitschko back and force him out of his comfort zone. Klitschko often seems far too relaxed in the ring due to his dominance over his opponent. He has hardly been made to break sweat in recent years.
Is Klitschko boring or brilliant?
Unfortunately for Klitschko his safety first style of breaking his opponent down with the jab and lack of quality opponents has lead to unexciting fights. He has failed to capture the imagination of the boxing public and is so often criticised.
He does however deserve a huge amount of respect as he is a very disciplined and highly successful. He is absolutely methodical in his preparations and truly lives the life of a dedicated boxer.
He is also a real role model to all young boxers. You never see him involved in anything controversial outside of the ring and he doesn't bad mouth opponents. He is a gentleman.
Expect more of the same
This fight is expected to go the same way as many of Klitschko's other fights with him coming out on top. A late stoppage would seem the most likely outcome against a game but ultimately not good enough Pulev.
Klitschko's reign of dominance over the heavyweight division will continue for a little while longer yet.
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