Injured Klitschko postpones Pulev fight

25/08/2014 17:54

WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) has been forced to postpone his title defence against Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) due to injury.

 The 38-year-old Ukrainian was scheduled to put his three belts on the line against the unbeaten Bulgarian at the O2 World arena in Hamburg on September 6.  However during a sparring  session Wlad suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left biceps and decided to withdraw.  The bout will be rescheduled and is now likely to take place in November.

"I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead," said Klitschko. "I am in top form and had a great training camp."

Klitschko is bidding to make it 17 straight successful title defences when he faces Pulev, who became mandatory challenger after a unanimous decision win over American Tony Thompson, who had previously been knocked out twice by Klitschko in mandatory title fights.