Klitschko Legally Going After Pulev Over Doping Claims

SOFIA - World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's promotion agency K2 has filed a lawsuit against Kubrat Pulev over the Bulgarian challenger's doping allegations ahead of their IBF title bout in Hamburg this month.

"K2 is suing me for my words," Pulev told a news conference on Tuesday. "The case is... I have no right to speak on this topic, the doping."

Klitschko, who also holds the WBO, IBO and WBA titles, knocked out Pulev with a fierce left hook in the fifth round for his 63th win in 66 fights.

Pulev, who had won his previous 20 fights, protested several times about being subjected to rigorous drug-testing, saying that Klitschko had not been tested at all before the bout on Nov. 15.

He repeatedly called for his 38-year-old opponent to be tested but the Ukrainian refused.

In two separate articles on, Pulev talked about his issues with Klitschko and drug testing.

"You can respect him, he's a world champion," said 33-year-old Pulev, who became the IBF international champion in 2011 and European champion in 2012.

"But nobody can force me to respect a man when I saw all his dirty tricks."

Pulev failed to turn up to the news conference before the fight in Hamburg after being informed that only three people from his camp could be present.

The Bulgarian also accused Klitschko in August of feigning injury to avoid taking him on in September. Klitschko postponed the fight, saying he had torn bicep muscles during training in Austria.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FlatLine on 11-26-2014

Beginning to think Wladimir is a PED cheat like his brother Vitali was. These things often run in the family. This move to sue Pulev is to try to scare future opponents who question his PED use. He's trying to…

Comment by LacedUp on 11-26-2014

[QUOTE=PACnPBFsuck;15133707]Wow, that dude is definitely not hurting for money, still not as high as his fans claim.[/QUOTE] He's still one of the highest earners in the sport. I'm sure he doesn't go to bed hungry.

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 11-26-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;15133123]lol that's obviously not true. His highest purse ever was £10 million - the same Haye got for their fight - and that was including PPV money. The Povetkin fight gave him $17.5 million and that was considered outrageously high.…

Comment by Easy Work. on 11-25-2014

[QUOTE=beez721;15133161]would love to believe both joshua and wlad are clean but theyre so damn big and lean. hard to imagine getting that kinda lean body mass without help. maybe im just being envious,,,lol. anyway,,,im kinda 50/50 on it[/QUOTE] Its actually…

Comment by kafkod on 11-25-2014

[QUOTE=gmc_rfc_06;15132355]I believe 100% Wlad is juiced. He's almost 40 and still a monster athlete, he has refused testing and even threatened to cancel fights when testing has been brought me is is beyond shady.[/QUOTE] Wlad isn't on PEDs. He's…

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