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Klitschko ordered to defend IBF title against Kubrat Pulev

Photo: Photo Wende

Photo: Photo Wende

The IBF has today named Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) as the mandatory challenger for heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) is coming off of a knockout win over Alex Leapai on April 26, who was the WBO mandatory challenger.

“That’s what I call a late birthday gift,” says Pulev, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Sunday. “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.”

Pulev earned his title shot with an August 2013 win over Tony Thompson, who had beaten David Price via KO twice.

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

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