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Once a heavyweight hopeful, Kubrat Pulev’s career has continued to spiral down a path of disappointment. The former IBF international and two-time EBU heavyweight champion is signing himself off and making himself irrelevant.
Pulev had back to back impressive wins in the lead up to his world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 but after being stopped in 5 by the Ukrainian, he has digressed on an extreme level. He has now announced his next fight, it will be against seasoned gatekeeper Kevin Johnson.
Pulev’s fights since losing to Wladimir Klitschko have consisted of four wins. George Arias, Maurice Harris, Dereck Chisora and an ancient fat Samuel Peter. Peter was gassing out his arse and didn’t make it off his stool after three rounds.
Pulev was offered a career best payday to fight Anthony Joshua for his IBF world title but declined to face Dereck Chisora for the vacant EBU Heavyweight title. He then vacated this to fight for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title and will make his defence against Johnson.
Johnson has been victorious in 2 of his last 8 fights. He has 2 wins since 2012 and has lost to Tor Hammer, Tyson Fury, Christian Hammer, Dereck Chisora, Manuel Charr and Anthony Joshua. Since being stopped for the first time in his career in round 2 by Anthony Joshua in 2015 he has only fought once after a two-year lay off, returning to the ring earlier this month.
How the WBA have sanctioned this bout we will never know, but Pulev should now be considered irrelevant in the heavyweight boxing scene.