Kubrat Pulev is very much an unknown quantity to the average fan, so let us look at his credentials. Firstly he boasts a very solid amateur pedigree which did see him take honours such as a Bronze medal at the World Championships and Gold at the European Championships. Since he has turned pro he continued to show promise amassing titles such as the IBF International title, European Heavyweight title, WBA Intercontinental title as he gradually climbed the ranks and put together a 20-0 record.
He also has a very proficient set of technical skills which he proved he can be very astute with and these are skills he has honed since his amateur days. His one prior attempt at the world heavyweight championship came in 2014 against the former longtime heavyweight kingpin, Wladimir Klitschko who engaged in a battle for the ages against Joshua in his last matchup. He held his own for a few rounds boxing cautiously and looked to cleverly offset Wladimir with feints and even wobbled his man with a left hook. However, the one glaring chink in Pulev’s armour is, is he going to be able to take a solid, flush blow from Joshua? That was the question mark going in against ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ and he failed to silence those question marks as he was sent to the canvas multiple times from different power shots before being knocked cold with a left hook in the 5th.