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Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Venkov Pulev (Bulgarian: Кубрат Венков Пулев; born 4 May 1981) is a Bulgarian professional boxer. He has held the European heavyweight title twice, from 2012 to 2013 and in 2016, and has challenged once for the unified world heavyweight title in 2014. As an amateur he won multiple medals at international tournaments, including gold at the 2008 European Championships and bronze at the 2005 World Championships, all in the super-heavyweight division.

Amateur career

Heavyweight with 201lbs/ 91kg limit
In February 2002, Pulev won the Strandzha Cup, the oldest international boxing tournament in Europe, in his native Bulgaria. Pulev, who is nicknamed "The Cobra", beat Cuban world champion Odlanier Solís in the process. One month later, he lost a rematch to the Cuban at the Semifinal of the "Chemiepokal cup". He could not participate at the Euros 2002 in Perm after breaking his arm in sparring.

At the World Championships 2003, he lost again in the first round to Odlanier Solís 7:12.

At the European boxing championships 2004 in Pula he defeated world class Alexander Povernov (World Championships Bronze medalist 2005). Pulev did not qualify for the Olympics despite the fact that he won the last qualifying tournament in Gothenburg. He had to settle for the first reserve place because the heavyweight division consists of only 16 fighters participating in the Olympic Games (other weight divisions have 48–81).

 Shoping Center MMG

He beat Islam Timurziev at super-heavyweight at the Strandja Cup 2005. At the EU Championships he lost the final 18:24 to Italian southpaw Roberto Cammarelle. At the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships he won bronze, losing for the third time to Odlanier Solís 11:25.

In 2006, at the Chemiepokal he beat Vyacheslav Glazkov and Magomed Abdusalamov. He finished at third place at the European Championships in Plovdiv. After defeating Glazkov again he was easily beaten (RSCO) by former victim and eventual winner, Islam Timurziev of Russia.

In 2007. he won the Chemiepokal tournament and was regarded as one of the favorites at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but had a bad draw and lost early to southpaw Olympic bronze medalist and eventual winner Roberto Cammarelle.

In 2008, he won the Strandja Cup once again beating PanAm Champion Robert Alfonso 19:9.

He beat Jaroslavas Jakšto and Marko Tomasović to qualify for the Olympics 2008. There he was upset in his first bout by young Colombian Óscar Rivas.

In absence of Roberto Cammarelle, he beat Marko Tomasović, Roman Kapitonenko and Denis Sergeev to claim the European Championship.

At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost again to Roberto Cammarelle.

Professional career
On 5 May 2012, Pulev won the then-vacant EBU European Heavyweight Championship via an eleventh round knockout of Alexander Dimitrenko.

On 29 September 2012, Pulev knocked out previously-undefeated Alexander Ustinov, who went down in the eleventh round of an International Boxing Federation (IBF) "eliminator" (match) to determine a new #1-ranked challenger for the IBF World Heavyweight Championship.

By early-June 2013, the IBF had finally updated its heavyweight division rankings, making Pulev the official #1 contender for its heavyweight title.

In August 2013, Pulev fought Tony Thompson in an additional and final title-shot eliminator in Germany, winning by unanimous decision.

On 14 December 2013, Pulev defeated American Joey Abell in the fifth round by knockdown, remaining undefeated as a professional fighter.[7] On November 15, 2014, Pulev finally got his title-shot, challenging then-IBF (as well as WBA, WBO, and IBO) World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko at O2 World, Hamburg, Germany. Despite making a spirited effort, Pulev suffered three knockdowns en route to being knocked out in round five by a devastating Klitschko left hook. Afterward, Pulev stated: "Wladimir is a really good opponent, but he was lucky. I want a rematch"
On 7 May 2016, Pulev faced fellow former European champion and world title challenger Dereck Chisora, in an IBF title eliminator for the vacant European heavyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg. Despite what had seemed a fairly comfortable points win for Pulev the fight ended in a split decision, with two judges scoring it 118-110 and 116-112 in Pulev's favour while the third scored it 115-113 for Chisora.

Pulev has turned down lucrative financial offers to represent Germany, viewing it as a matter of principle not to change his national allegiance.

Professional boxing record
Professional record summary
24 fights 23 wins 1 loss
By knockout 12 1
By decision 10 0
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 N/A N/A Nigeria Samuel Peter N/A – (12) 3 Dec 2016 Bulgaria Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria For WBA (Super) Intercontinental heavyweight title
24 Win 23–1 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora SD 12 7 May 2016 Germany Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany Won vacant European heavyweight title
23 Win 22–1 United States Maurice Harris KO 1 (8), 1:59 5 Dec 2015 Germany Inselparkhalle Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany
22 Win 21–1 Brazil George Arias UD 8 17 Oct 2015 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
21 Loss 20–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko KO 5 (12) 2:11 15 Nov 2014 Germany O2 World, Hamburg, Germany For IBF, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles
20 Win 20–0 Croatia Ivica Perkovic RTD 3 (8), 3:00 5 Apr 2014 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany
19 Win 19–0 United States Joey Abell RTD 4 (12), 3:00 14 Dec 2013 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany Retained IBF International heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Tony Thompson UD 12 24 Aug 2013 Germany Sport Center, Schwerin, Germany Retained IBF International heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Belarus Alexander Ustinov KO 11 (12), 1:28 29 Sep 2012 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany Retained IBF International and European heavyweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Germany Alexander Dimitrenko KO 11 (12), 2:59 5 May 2012 Germany Messe, Erfurt, Germany Retained IBF International heavyweight title;
Won vacant European heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott RTD 9 (12), 3:00 14 Jan 2012 Germany Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Germany Retained IBF International heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Travis Walker UD 12 22 Oct 2011 Germany Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany Won vacant IBF International heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Ukraine Maksym Pediura UD 8 16 Jul 2011 Germany Olympia Eishalle, Munich, Germany
12 Win 12–0 United States Derric Rossy TKO 5 (8), 2:15 7 May 2011 Denmark Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
11 Win 11–0 Ukraine Yaroslav Zavorotnyi UD 8 12 Feb 2011 Denmark MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark
10 Win 10–0 Italy Paolo Vidoz UD 8 18 Dec 2010 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
9 Win 9–0 United States Dominick Guinn UD 8 30 Oct 2010 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Russia Evgeny Orlov DQ 7 (8), 0:16 1 May 2010 Germany Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany Orlov disqualified for rabbit punching
7 Win 7–0 United States Danny Batchelder TKO 2 (8), 0:45 13 Mar 2010 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
6 Win 6–0 France Isossa Mondo RTD 3 (8), 3:00 20 Feb 2010 Belgium Hall omnisports "La Préalle", Liège, Belgium
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton KO 4 (8), 2:14 30 Jan 2010 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
4 Win 4–0 United States Zack Page UD 6 5 Dec 2009 Germany Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Nigeria Gbenga Oloukun UD 6 7 Nov 2009 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Turkey Serdar Uysal TKO 4 (4), 0:56 17 Oct 2009 Germany O2 World, Berlin, Germany
1 Win 1–0 Romania Florian Benche TKO 2 (4), 2:05 19 Sep 2009 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany Professional debut
Titles in boxing[edit source]
Regional titles
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek IBF International heavyweight champion
22 October 2011 – November 2014
Vacated Vacant
Title next held by
Artur Szpilka
Title last held by
Robert Helenius European heavyweight champion
5 May 2012 – August 2013
Vacated Vacant
Title next held by
Dereck Chisora
European heavyweight champion
7 May 2016 – 21 November 2016
Vacated Vacant


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