Bulgarian ‘Rocky’ Pulev gunning for Joshua KO

While talk of a two-fight series between heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury continues to steal headlines and capture the imagination, brooding Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev has a different storyline in mind. 

The IBF mandatory challenger refuses to be sidelined and his camp firmly believes that Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) is on course for a monumental upset when he finally faces WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Joshua in their rearranged clash in December.

Pulev’s co-promoter Ivaylo Gotzev feels Pulev is poised to gatecrash the heavyweight picture with a spectacular performance.

“To become a champion, you must go into foreign lands and conquer and that’s what Kubrat has decided to do. That’s where the win will be the sweetest and the most legitimate. Let’s do it in London,” Gotzev told Marc Gatford of PressBox PR.

“We’re going for the knockout. Kubrat is a man’s man. He has heart, skill. talent and he’s going to upset the apple cart. The question is: is AJ a man or is he still a mama’s boy?

“Kubrat is the big underdog, it’s like a Rocky story. AJ is a physical specimen, he’s like Apollo Creed and we’re bringing in Rocky. When he upsets AJ, that’s the end of Matchroom’s reign.”