IBF orders Klitschko to face unbeaten Pulev next

08/05/2014 16:15

The International Boxing Federation has ordered IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) next.

Klitschko extended his lengthy reign with a dominant fifth round stoppage of Alex Leapai last month.

But Wladimir now has to face one of his toughest tests in perhaps 10 years in fighting the 6’4 1/2″ Pulev.

Unbeaten Pulev was handed the mandatory spot after beating Tony Thompson on points last August and is confident he will finally dethrone the 38-year-old champion.

"That's what I call a late birthday gift," said Pulev, who turned 33 last weekend. "I was ringside when Wladimir defended his belts a few weeks ago.

"It was a walk in the park for him against Leapai. When Klitschko meets me inside the ring, I will cause him real problems to say the least. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfil my dream."

His promoter, Kalle Sauerland said: ''The negotiations with Team Klitschko have already begun. We are excited to present a heavyweight bout in cooperation with K2, which is deserving of its 'Heavyweight World Championship' status.''