Pulev: “…First I Must Fight For the Belt…Then We Can Fight Tyson Fury!”

Kubrat Pulev Wants Tyson Fury After Getting Another Title Opportunity

Kubrat Pulev
Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev targeting Tyson Fury after getting the winner of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua II.

In the aftermath of Tyson Fury’s second round stoppage over Tom Schwarz, Fury announced his next fight would take place either September 21 or October 5. It was anticipated by many that a possible opponent would be Kubrat Pulev.

Recently, he said that while he is willing to fight Tyson Fury, he will do so only after a fight for the IBF heavyweight title against the winner of the proposed rematch between unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz and former champion Anthony Joshua. In essence, he wants to exact his mandatory position upon the winner of the rematch.

“I’m ready [to fight Fury]. Why not? I am the number one contender with the IBF. Now, first I must fight for the belt, world championship belt with the IBF, and then we can do it [fight Fury]. All the time I’m ready.”

While it’s understandable Pulev wanting another world title opportunity, a big fight is a big fight and the chance to face off against Fury qualifies as a big fight for sure.

Fury is a hot commodity coming off his win over Schwarz. It would seem plausible for Pulev to strike now while the iron is hot. Plus, the amount of money would not be that much of a difference between a fight with Fury in the fall and a fight with the winner of Ruiz – Joshua II that would presumably take place in the Spring of 2020.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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