Klitschko to defend heavyweight titles against unbeaten Pulev on September 6

19/06/2014 16:21

IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) will defend his titles against the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) on September 6 at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany.

Pulev, 33, is the IBF mandatory challenger, so he gets to be the next guy to face the 38-year-old Ukrainian champion.

"Kubrat Pulev has an impressive record as an amateur and as well as professional. He has very good skills and I will definitely not underestimate him," Klitschko said. "I am looking forward to boxing in Hamburg. Everybody knows I have a special relationship to this city and the atmosphere in the o2 World has always been unbelievable."

Klitschko comes into this with 16 successful title defences after a one-sided 5th round knockout of Australia's Alex Leapai in his last outing in April. Pulev earned his mandatory challenger status in August 2013 with a unanimous decision against American Tony Thompson, who had twice been knocked out by Klitschko in mandatory title fights. Since becoming the mandatory challenger, Pulev, known as "The Cobra," has fought twice, scoring a 4th round knockout of Joey Abell in December followed by a 3rd round knockout of Ivica Perkovic in April .

“I will get the titles. I am ready to replace Wladimir Klitschko as the world champion,” Pulev said. “This fight is the highlight of my career. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream. I have worked hard for this chance.“

The winner of the all-British heavyweight clash between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury on July 26 will look on with interest with the victor set to be installed as the WBO’s mandatory challenger for the title.