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Injury causes Kubrat Pulev to withdraw from Joshua fight

Injury causes Kubrat Pulev to withdraw from Joshua fight

By James Bell


News coming from the Kubrat Pulev camp in Bulgaria has affected the boxing landscape.

Pulev was scheduled to fight Anthony Joshua for the IBF and WBA “super” heavyweight titles on October 28th in Cardiff. However, due to a chest injury suffered by Pulev yesterday, the fighter had to make the decision to pull out of the fight against Joshua. Carlos Takam is the highest ranked contender below Pulev and will now be the opponent for Joshua at the Principality Stadium.

According to reports, Pulev’s injury was over a week ago but was concealed by his team to see if he could recover in enough time to be able to fight Joshua. He was very disappointed that he could not be healthy enough to have the chance to be heavyweight champion of the world.

Pulev expressed his disappointment in a statement to his fans: “I am aware that the news of my injury and the subsequent cancellation of the fight between me and Anthony Joshua for the world title surprised you. It wasn’t easy for me to make that decision! I know, in my place, almost everyone would choose to get into the ring in Cardiff, despite everything and collect a few million…”

“Anyone else, but not me! In my life and in my world, it’s not all money. I’ve learned that a man goes into battle to win it. I understand that despite the vicissitudes of life, a man should not cheat on his beliefs. Anthony Joshua has to defend world titles against a strong rival and I’m glad he already has one (Takam)…”

“I’m still more thirsty for this battle, and I think it’s only a matter of time. It is such challenges that make my heart beat hard and feel that I am truly alive. In a week’s time, we tried everything to heal the injury, but everything needs its own. I take it as a sign. If God decided, then that’s how it was meant to be. Still, I will be myself and I will not betray my principles. A few million won’t make me richer or happier. My wealth is the undying love of the Bulgarian people, from whom I always buy strength and inspiration and that gives me the meaning of everything I do! Thank you from the heart of all Bulgarians for faith and support! We’re moving on!”

Takam, who currently holds a record of 35-3-1, is the IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion and had his last fight in June which was a knockout victory over Ivica Bacurin. This will be his first attempt to win a world title. He has fought the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Parker, but ended up losing to them. Even with the task ahead of Takam taking the fight in two weeks’ notice, he says that he is ready for the big stage.

“I believe in myself. I never go into a fight thinking I might lose – I’m a winner, I like to win not to lose,” Takam told Sky Sports news. “I’m not scared, 80,000 fans means nothing to me. I’ve boxed in New Zealand, Canada, Russia [so] that won’t faze me. It’s about what happens in the ring. It’s about me and him (Joshua).”

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Injury causes Kubrat Pulev to withdraw from Joshua fight
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Injury causes Kubrat Pulev to withdraw from Joshua fight

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