Wladimir Klitschko Tears Bicep, Fight With Kubrat Pulev Postponed

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 0

WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was originally scheduled to fight unbeaten prospect Kubrat Pulev on September 6th 2014. With just over two weeks left until the day of the fight, the reigning champion has been forced to pull out of the fight because of a torn bicep in training. The Ukranian champion will have to wait a little longer before attempting his 18th consecutive defense due to the injury.


The injury will not require surgery, but will mean that the fight will be pushed back to November, or possibly later. “Cobra” Pulev was set to try and jab his way to a world title in the sold out O2 Arena in Germany, and will likely be very disappointed with this news. 20-0 with 11 finishes is impressive no doubt, but Wladimir Klitschko boasts a 62-3 record with 52 knockouts. The Ukranian heavyweight is often accredited as the best the division has to offer in the last decade.

“He [Wladimir Klitschko] had problems on Friday, and he first thought it’s a minor thing, but he went to the hospital near the camp [in Austria], and there they detected this torn muscle,” Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, told ESPN.com. “He was in top shape and he had perfect sparring partners. He did a long preparation and is sorry to have to postpone the fight.”

Many are viewing the Wladimir Klitschko vs Kubrat Pulev as a walk in the park for the champion. The truth is that “Cobra” simply lacks knockout power, which is strange in the heavyweight division. When you get up above 200 pounds in boxing, even a stiff jab is capable of finishing a fight. 

Dependant on healing time, a realistic date for the Klitschko vs Pulev “squash Match” would be early December. That being said, many believe that Wladimir Klitschko could beat his foe one-handed anyway.

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