Joel’s Jabs & Hooks

We are a few weeks away from another stay busy fight for Kubrat Pulev, as he returns to his home country of Bulgaria once again, to face the American Veteran, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. Pulev is 24-1 with 13 KOs. Kevin Johnson is 30-7-1 with 14 KOs. Johnson has been looked at as a gatekeeper in the heavyweight division. He has only been stopped once in 38 fights, when he was stopped brutally by Anthony Joshua in May of 2015. Clearly, Kubrat Pulev is looking to keep busy until another opportunity arises for him at a world title. This fight will be for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title. Pulev has been a big draw since only recently fighting in his home country. He has fought most his fights in Germany, since he is Promoted by Sauerland Events. Pulev will need to make a big statement against Johnson. He cannot just win a 12-round decision, he will need to look to stop him inside the distance if he wants to be taken seriously. With the card, less than two weeks away, there has only been one other scheduled boxer confirmed to appear, and that is Kai Robin-Havnaa. He is a Norwegian cruiserweight moving up the ranks with a 9-0 record, 8 of those wins coming by knockout.

It was officially announced this week that Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko would air on premium American TV, one network airing the fight live, with the other airing later that evening on a tape delay. It was a nerving situation to big fight fans, who are clamoring to see this fight, with the fight less than two weeks away, there was basically no confirmation if or who would air this fight. With this being such a mega fight in the Heavyweight division. It could not go unaired for the American audience. The fans are glad things were worked out and that they will have access to watch one of the biggest fights of 2017. Obviously, the winner will be the top of the heavyweight division. Deontay Wilder will be ringside, and will want to call out the winner, but as we’ve seen in the past, calling out and fighting are two different things. Let’s all hope Wilder sticks to his guns this time and challenges the winner, because he has avoided the top guys since he started his career. Managing to get to 30-0 against below par opposition, which then somehow, allowed him a title shot which he won against Bermane Stiverne. Since then Wilder has faced good heavyweights, but not the best. Hopefully the money will be too big for Wilder to turn down the winner of Joshua/Klitschko!

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