A year and a half ago, I evaluated Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev as part of our "Klitschko Readiness Rating" series. At that time I gave him a grade of B, reflecting my view that Pulev had the potential to be a viable opponent for Dr. Steelhammer, but had not yet realized that potential.
Since then, Pulev handily defeated a Tony Thompson who was better than anyone had reason to know. In the wake of Alexander Povetkin's lopsided points loss to Klitschko, Pulev stands as the most formidable challenger out there. Some have even accused Klitschko of being shy to get in the ring with Pulev.
Here are the reasons why, the top 5 strengths Kubrat "The Cobra" Pulev takes into the ring with him against the World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko.
Size: Pulev isn't as tall as Klitschko, but he is almost as big and certainly comes closer to matching Big Wlad in the size department than any opponent of merit since the Tony Thompson rematch of two years ago...