By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today
IBF official heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (20, 11 KOs) wasn’t the happiest man on earth when he learned about Wladimir Klitschko’s (62-3, 52 KOs) injury. The WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion suffered torn muscle fibre in his left biceps during a Friday training session. The fight, set for September 6 at O2 World in Hamburg, Germany, will be postponed until November. “God sees and doesn’t forget,” Pulev was quoted by Bulgarian newspaper Presa. “I am trying to keep calm and to keep the good manners. I was ready and couldn’t wait for the fight. Now I will clench my teeth, because there isn’t a force to stop me finishing what I started.”
Pulev’s promoter Sauerland rejected the speculation in some medias about a possible repeat of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora saga at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011. The Ukrainian pulled out of the scheduled world championships bout just three days before the event. The fight was rescheduled for a new date, but later was canceled.
“We absolutely trust Wladimir Klitschko that he has an injury. This can happen in sport, especially in boxing with such problems in his arm or hand. We heard from a lot of journalists that Wladimir trained very hard and is really frustrated that he couldn’t box,” said Sauerland General manager Frederick Ness. “We don’t know exactly yet (when the new date will be). We have to wait, when Wladimir Klitschko will be fit again. We know from the press and the statements that they will have to wait four weeks to see how his arm will be. Then they will decide when the fight will happen.”
Ognian Georgiev is a Bulgarian sports journalist and author of the book “The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story”. You may find more about him on his blog: http://ogigeorgiev.wordpress.com/