Kubrat Pulev Gets One-sided Victory Over Jerry Forrest
Two-time heavyweight title challenger Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (29-2, 14KOs) got the win after landing several right hands against a tough Jerry Forrest (26-5-2, 20KOs).
The Cobra is on his last leg in the sport as a two-time heavyweight championship challenger. He is coming off a two-year hiatus since being stopped by former unified champion Anthony Joshua back in 2020. Pulev also participated in a bare knuckles boxing match, scoring a first-round knockout over former two-time UFC champion Frank Mir.
Forrest is coming off back-to-back draws against top-rated heavyweights Michael Hunter and Zhilei Zhang. In the Hunter fight, many pundits felt he should have gotten the nod. At the age of 34, the Louisiana native’s career is at a crossroads.
FINALLY, WE GOT A FIGHT
After an incredibly long delay waiting on Forrest to get a pair of gloves that would fit, it was Pulev that gave him the backup gloves to use. Both fighters came out looking to feel each other out. Pulev was looking to establish the jab to control the fight. Forrest went to the body early and was fighting off the ropes.
Pulev caught the timing of Forrest’s head movement and landed hard right hands behind a pole-like jab. Moreover, he was able to cut off the ring, cornering Forrest and continued to find a home for the right hand.
Forrest wobbled the two-time title challenger with a hard straight left hand. However, Pulev put a beating on Forrest in round four, landing a barrage of right hands that had his opponent on spaghetti legs.
THE RIGHT HAND WAS MONEY
This fight started to turn into a glorified sparring session as Pulev went right-hand happy, landing it will. Forrest had no answer for the right hand and was eating them like peanut butter M&M’s.
Forrest’s chin had passed the test because those right hands to the head and body were sapping his strength. However, he made a comeback towards the closing moments, landing a straight left hand followed by a right hook.
Pulev quickly regained control using the jab and landed the right hand, cruising to the final bell. After ten rounds of hard-punching action, one judge scored it 98-92, and two judges had it 99-91, all in favor of Pulev.
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By: Garrisson Bland