IBF number one heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev is confident that he can cause a shock on September 6 when the tough Bulgarian challenges Wladimir Klitschko for the unified world title in Hamburg, Germany.
The 33 year-old, who is undefeated in 20 contests, has been vocal in the build-up to his defining night and says training is going well as he prepares for his toughest test yet against the all-conquering Ukrainian.
“I am preparing good. I feel good and I am preparing like I do before any other fight,” Pulev told World Boxing News.
“I am very confident I can win as much is I have to be, as I know what I am capable of and want to prove that I am stronger than Klitschko.”
Klitschko, 38, will have his usual height advantage as he aims to fend off yet another challenger, although Pulev has a plan to get around the formidable jab ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ possesses and score an upset victory.
“I don’t think Klitschko’s jab will be a problem,” he said. “I think that it will not be a comfortable fight for me, but boxing isn’t like basketball where height is so important.”
In a previous article with Antonio Vavrda on WBN, Pulev made the bold comments that his own era was better all round than when Mike Tyson ruled the division with iron fists, something which ‘The Cobra’ was keen to elaborate on.
“I said it is better because it is more polished and contemporary. Men are bigger and buffer which makes it different to when Tyson fought.
“The Heavyweight division is just like any other category at the moment and it is going through an evolution, but the Klitschko brothers have been on the top for too long and have made it a little boring.
“I will change all this in September.”
If he can pull off his greatest triumph next month, unifications with WBC and WBA champions Bermane Stiverne and Ruslan Chagaev could be in the offing, but Pulev is aware that he may have other obligations to adhere to.
“Stiverne and Chagev are both very good boxers, good fighters, although this isn’t a matter of choice.
“There are rules about this and they have to be followed. You defend the title against the official contestant and I will be no different,” added Pulev.
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