A heavyweight blockbuster on August 24 with major implications for the state of the division, as Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs), the European Heavyweight Champion and number one rated challenger by the IBF, will take on Tony Thompson in a final eliminator to decide who will be the next mandatory. Thompson (38-3, 26 KOs) has already challenged twice for the World Heavyweight Championship, coming up short both times against reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko. For Pulev it would be the first time to fight for a world title.
"That does not fluster me in the slightest," said the 32-year-old Bulgarian about the importance of his bout against Thompson.
"I am motivated to finally step into the ring again and get my job done. My aim is to become a world champion."
The last time Pulev had the opportunity to show off his skills was nearly a year ago with a knockout victory over Alexander Ustinov. Since then, such names like Tomasz Adamek decided not to face Pulev. "I guess that they have fear ...