Kubrat Pulev to Pursue World Title Shot If Victorious in Dereck Chisora Rematch
In boxing, fighters often stick around in the sport longer than they should, chasing the dream of winning a world title. This applies to two-time title challenger Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (29-2, 14KO). The 41-year-old Bulgarian’s boxing career has spanned over thirteen years in the game. Pulev’s only two losses were by former unified champions Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 and Anthony Joshua in 2021. He was stopped in both title attempts.
Nonetheless, The Cobra continues to fight. He picked up a win over Jerry Forrest after taking a two-year hiatus following the Joshua defeat. Still looking to capture that elusive world title, Pulev is now going to fight another elder statesman of the division in Dereck Chisora.
These two have done this dance before. Back in 2016, Pulev won a split decision over Chisora and walked away with the EBU European title. With both fighters far removed from their first encounter six years ago, it raises the question of whether the rematch can be any different from the first battle.
PULEV WANTS A TITLE SHOT IF VICTORIOUS
During an interview with Boxing Social, Pulev admitted to seeing this as a different fight.
“Maybe it’s going to be a little bit different fight, so for sure it’s not the same fight. But, I feel I think similar. I don’t know, nobody can say. This is heavyweight boxing. It’s very difficult, it’s not easy.”
The two-time title challenger understands that in order to keep his hopes of getting another world title shot, this is a must-win fight.
“I need this win because after that I must go for a world title.”
Despite wanting to fight for a title, Pulev faces an uphill battle not being ranked by any of the sanctioning bodies inside the top 15. So a third title opportunity may not come around. Yet, keep in mind this is boxing, and stranger things have happened.
Fans can see the rematch live on DAZN at the O2 arena on July 9.
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By: Garrisson Bland