Kubrat Pulev

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Kubrat Pulev
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Real name Kubrat Venkov Pulev
Nickname(s) The Cobra
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality Bulgaria Bulgarian
Born (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 33)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 21
Wins 20
Wins by KO 11
Losses 1
Draws 0

Kubrat Venkov Pulev (Bulgarian: Кубрат Венков Пулев; born 4 May 1981 in Plovdiv) 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.

Amateur career[edit]

Heavyweight with 201lbs/ 91kg limit[edit]

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).

Super Heavyweight[edit]

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.

He beat Jaroslavas Jakšto and Marko Tomasović to qualify for the Olympics 2008. There he was upset in his first bout by young Colombian Óscar Rivas.[1]

In absence of Roberto Cammarelle, he beat Marko Tomasović, Roman Kapitonenko and Denis Sergeev to claim the European Championship.

At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost again to Roberto Cammarelle.

Professional career[edit]

On 5 May 2012, he won the vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title with an 11th round knockout of Alexander Dimitrenko.[2]

On 29 September 2012, Kubrat Pulev knocked out previously undefeated Alexander Ustinov. Ustinov went down in the eleventh round of an IBF eliminator for the top spot in the rankings.[3]

On 5 May 2013 after an update Kubrat Pulev topped the rankings of the International Boxing Federation in the heavyweight category, as of June 2013 he is being ranked 1 place on the list.[4][5]

In August 2013 Kubrat Pulev faced Tony Thompson in a final eliminator for the IBF world Heavyweight championship in Germany and scored a unanimous decision victory.[6]

On 14 December 2013 Pulev defeated the American Joey Abell in the fifth round by knockdown.[7] 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".[8]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Pulev has turned down lucrative financial offers to represent Germany, viewing it as a matter of principle not to change his national allegiance.[9][10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

20 Wins (11 knockouts, 8 decisions, 1 disqualification), 1 Loss, 0 Draws[11]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 20–1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko KO 5 (12) 2:11 2014-11-15 Germany O2 World, Altona, Hamburg For IBF Heavyweight title.
Win 20–0 Croatia Ivica Perkovic RTD 3 (8), 3:00 2014-04-05 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 19–0 United States Joey Abell RTD 4 (12), 3:00 2013-12-14 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 United States Tony Thompson UD 12 2013-08-24 Germany Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 17–0 Belarus Alexander Ustinov KO 11 (12), 1:28 2012-09-29 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg Retained IBF International and EBU (European) Heavyweight titles.
IBF Heavyweight Final Eliminator.
Win 16–0 Germany Alexander Dimitrenko KO 11 (12), 2:59 2012-05-05 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thuringia Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2012-01-14 Germany Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 14–0 United States Travis Walker UD 12 2011-10-22 Germany Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg Won vacant IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 13–0 Ukraine Maksym Pediura UD 8 2011-07-16 Germany Olympia Eishalle, Munich, Bayern
Win 12–0 United States Derric Rossy TKO 5 (8), 2:15 2011-05-07 Denmark Koncerthuset, Copenhagen
Win 11–0 Ukraine Yaroslav Zavorotnyi UD 8 2011-02-12 Denmark Messecenter Herning, Herning
Win 10–0 Italy Paolo Vidoz UD 8 2010-12-18 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 9–0 United States Dominick Guinn UD 8 2010-10-30 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 8–0 Russia Evgeny Orlov DQ 7 (8), 0:16 2010-05-01 Germany Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Win 7–0 United States Danny Batchelder TKO 2 (8), 0:45 2010-03-13 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 6–0 France Isossa Mondo RTD 3 (8), 3:00 2010-02-20 Belgium Salle De La Préhalle, Herstal, Liège
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Matt Skelton KO 4 (8), 2:14 2010-01-30 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Win 4–0 United States Zack Page UD 6 2009-12-05 Germany Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg
Win 3–0 Nigeria Gbenga Oloukun UD 6 2009-11-07 Germany Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Bayern
Win 2–0 Turkey Serdar Uysal TKO 4 (4), 0:56 2009-10-17 Germany O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Win 1–0 Romania Florian Benche TKO 2 (4), 2:05 2009-09-19 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medallists by weight category". AIBA. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Dimitrenko vs Pulev Results: Kubrat Pulev Knocks Out Exhausted Dimitrenko in 11. Bad Left Hook (5 May 2012).
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Bg Daily News – Kubrat Pulev is number 1 in IBF ratings. Bg-daily-news.eu (7 May 2013). Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
  5. ^ IBF. Ibf-usba-boxing.com. Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ Kubrat Pulev defeats Tony Thompson via U.D.. GiveMeSport (26 August 2013). Retrieved on 9 October 2013.
  7. ^ Braehmer defeats Oliveira; Pulev stops Abell
  8. ^ Wladimir Klitschko retains title again
  9. ^ "Кубрат отказал милиони от Германия, няма как да играe за друга държава". topsport.bg. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Кобрата: време е Кличко пак да бъде нокаутиран". topsport.bg. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kubrat Pulev's career boxing record". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

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