Kubrat Pulev has described his rematch against Dereck Chisora on Saturday as “very important” for his career and hopes it can lead to another world title opportunity.
The 41-year-old Bulgarian faces the unpredictable Brit at the O2 Arena live on DAZN with a defeat for either man severely damaging bigger ambitions.
Boxing Social’s Ayman Khan had a chance to catch up with Pulev at yesterday’s public workout and said:
“It’s very important for both of us.”
“I’m gonna beat good Chisora and the fans are gonna see one amazing fight, nice fight and interesting fight.”
All of Pulev’s concentration is on facing Chisora again and chose not to talk about the current heavyweight title picture including the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch on August 20.
“I think about this after and [then] I’m ready to fight with everybody. I concentrate on this fight because this is very important. I’m concentrating on this fight and then we’re gonna see.”
It has been six years since Pulev defeated Chisora via split decision in Hamburg to win the vacant European Heavyweight title. Seven months later during a press conference for his first fight against Dillian Whyte a table was flipped by Chisora sparking off chaotic scenes. Just one of many controversial moments in the 38-year-old’s career. Pulev, like many, has seen a calmer Chisora in the time since.
“What I like now he don’t talk so much; this is not bad it’s good.”
“Maybe it’s gonna be a little bit different fight. For sure it’s not the same fight… I think similar, I don’t know. Nobody can say.”
“This is boxing, heavyweight. It’s very difficult, it’s not easy.”