|Real name||Kubrat Venkov Pulev|
|Height||6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
4 May 1981 |
|Wins by KO||11|
Kubrat Venkov Pulev (Bulgarian: Кубрат Венков Пулев; born 4 May 1981 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian professional heavyweight boxer, best known to medal repeatedly at international tournaments as an amateur, winning the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2008 European Championships. He is a former EBU (European) Heavyweight Champion and a former IBF Heavyweight champion.
Heavyweight with 201lbs/ 91kg limit
In February 2002, Pulev won the Strandja Cup, the oldest international boxing tournament in Europe, in his native Bulgaria. Pulev, who is nicknamed "The Cobra", beat Cuban world champion Odlanier Solís in the process. One month later, he lost a rematch to the Cuban at the Semifinal of the "Chemiepokal cup". He could not participate at the Euros 2002 in Perm after breaking his arm in sparring.
At the World Championships 2003, he lost again in the first round to Odlanier Solís 7:12.
At the European boxing championships 2004 in Pula he defeated world class Alexander Povernov (World Championships Bronze medalist 2005). Pulev did not qualify for the Olympics despite the fact that he won the last qualifying tournament in Gothenburg. He had to settle for the first reserve place because the heavyweight division consists of only 16 fighters participating in the Olympic Games (other weight divisions have 48–81).
He beat Islam Timurziev at super heavyweight at the Strandja Cup 2005. At the EU Championships he lost the final 18:24 to Italian southpaw Roberto Cammarelle. At the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships he won bronze, losing for the third time to Odlanier Solís 11:25.
In 2006, at the Chemiepokal he beat Vyacheslav Glazkov and Magomed Abdusalamov. He finished at third place at the European Championships in Plovdiv. After defeating Glazkov again he was easily beaten (RSCO) by former victim and eventual winner, Islam Timurziev of Russia.
In 2007. he won the Chemiepokal tournament and was regarded as one of the favorites at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, but had a bad draw and lost early to southpaw Olympic bronze medalist and eventual winner Roberto Cammarelle.
In 2008, he won the Strandja Cup once again beating PanAm Champion Robert Alfonso 19:9.
On 14 December 2013 Pulev defeated the American Joey Abell in the fifth round by knockdown. As the world heavyweight contender number 1, Pulev faced IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 15, 2014, but was knocked out in the fifth round by a crisp left hook from Wladimir after three previous knockdowns for his first loss as a professional. Pulev stated: "Wladimir is a really good opponent, but he was lucky. I want a rematch".
Professional boxing record
|20 Wins (11 knockouts, 8 decisions, 1 disqualification), 1 Loss, 0 Draws|
|Loss||20–1||Wladimir Klitschko||KO||5 (12) 2:11||2014-11-15||O2 World, Altona, Hamburg||For WBA WBO IBF IBO & The Ring Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||20–0||Ivica Perkovic||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||2014-04-05||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||19–0||Joey Abell||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||2013-12-14||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Tony Thompson||UD||12||2013-08-24||Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.IBF Heavyweight Final Eliminator.|
|Win||17–0||Alexander Ustinov||KO||11 (12), 1:28||2012-09-29||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg||Retained IBF International and EBU (European) Heavyweight titles.
|Win||16–0||Alexander Dimitrenko||KO||11 (12), 2:59||2012-05-05||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thuringia||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
|Win||15–0||Michael Sprott||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||2012-01-14||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||14–0||Travis Walker||UD||12||2011-10-22||Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg||Won vacant IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Maksym Pediura||UD||8||2011-07-16||Olympia Eishalle, Munich, Bayern|
|Win||12–0||Derric Rossy||TKO||5 (8), 2:15||2011-05-07||Koncerthuset, Copenhagen|
|Win||11–0||Yaroslav Zavorotnyi||UD||8||2011-02-12||Messecenter Herning, Herning|
|Win||10–0||Paolo Vidoz||UD||8||2010-12-18||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||9–0||Dominick Guinn||UD||8||2010-10-30||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||8–0||Evgeny Orlov||DQ||7 (8), 0:16||2010-05-01||Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen|
|Win||7–0||Danny Batchelder||TKO||2 (8), 0:45||2010-03-13||Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin|
|Win||6–0||Isossa Mondo||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||2010-02-20||Salle De La Préhalle, Herstal, Liège|
|Win||5–0||Matt Skelton||KO||4 (8), 2:14||2010-01-30||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|Win||4–0||Zack Page||UD||6||2009-12-05||Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||3–0||Gbenga Oloukun||UD||6||2009-11-07||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Bayern|
|Win||2–0||Serdar Uysal||TKO||4 (4), 0:56||2009-10-17||O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin|
|Win||1–0||Florian Benche||TKO||2 (4), 2:05||2009-09-19||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern||Professional debut.|
- "Medallists by weight category" (PDF). AIBA. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
- Dimitrenko vs Pulev Results: Kubrat Pulev Knocks Out Exhausted Dimitrenko in 11. Bad Left Hook (5 May 2012).
- Alexey Sukachev and Per Ake Persson (29 September 2012) Kubrat Pulev Knocks Out Alexander Ustinov, Culcay Wins – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
- Bg Daily News – Kubrat Pulev is number 1 in IBF ratings. Bg-daily-news.eu (7 May 2013). Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
- IBF. Ibf-usba-boxing.com. Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
- Kubrat Pulev defeats Tony Thompson via U.D.. GiveMeSport (26 August 2013). Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
- Braehmer defeats Oliveira; Pulev stops Abell
- Wladimir Klitschko retains title again
- "Кубрат отказал милиони от Германия, няма как да играe за друга държава". topsport.bg. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- "Кобрата: време е Кличко пак да бъде нокаутиран". topsport.bg. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- "Kubrat Pulev's career boxing record". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01.