Wladimir Klitschko Injured, Pulev Bout Postponed
The September 6th bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Kubrat Pulev has been postponed after the champion suffered an injury during training.
Torn muscle injury
According to Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, the 38-year old unified heavyweight boxing champion suffered a torn muscle in his left biceps while sparring last week in Austria. Boente said that Klitschko was “having problems” last Friday and the torn muscle was detected when he got himself checked at a hospital near their training camp. He was then advised by attending doctor Robert Siorpaes to refrain from training for about four weeks.
Boente added that the fight has been tentatively re-scheduled for November 15th and they are hoping to do it at O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany where the bout was originally scheduled to take place. The bout had already sold out all 15,000 tickets before the injury to Klitschko happened.
Dominating title reign
Klitschko (62-3 with 53 knockouts) has been in one of the most dominating title reigns in the history of the sport. His 16 consecutive title defenses during this second reign as heavyweight champion ranks third all-time behind Joe Louis (25) and Larry Holmes (20). Klistschko has held a heavyweight belt since 2006 and that title reign is the second longest of all-time, behind Louis’ record of 11 years, 8 months and 8 days.
Klitschko was last seen in action last April 26 when he scored a 5th round knockout win over mandatory challenger Alex Lepai of Australia.
Klitschko said in a statement that he is “very disappointed that the fight cannot take place as planned.” He also said that “he was in top shape and was having a great camp” and added that he was “sorry” not only to the fans but to his opponent Pulev whom he said “was certainly training as intense” as he did.
The Bulgarian challenger, Pulev (20-0 with 11 knockouts), earned his mandatory title shot with a unanimous decision win over American Tony Thompson last August 2013. The 33-year old former European Champion has scored back to back knockout wins against Joey Abell and Ivica Perkovic since becoming the mandatory challenger.
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