Pulev: I'm Going To Be Dangerous, Press Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko makes the 17th defence of his world heavyweight crowns against unbeaten Kubrat Pulev on Saturday with the legendary Joe Louis' record of 25 defences in the division getting closer.

The 38-year-old Klitschko has held at least the IBF and IBO heavyweight titles since 2006, adding the WBO title in 2008 by beating Sultan Ibragimov, before a unanimous decision against Britain's David Haye in 2011 gave him the WBA crown.

It says as much for Klitschko's longevity as the lack of genuine contenders that the giant Ukrainian has had few peers in the division.

Klitschko takes on Pulev in his home town Hamburg's O2 World, near the Imtech Arena where he beat Haye more than three years ago.

The Bulgarian has earned his first world title fight by becoming the IBF's mandatory challenger.

The 33-year-old has 11 knock-outs in 20 victories on his unblemished record, but sparked animosity when he boycotted Monday's pre-fight press conference having been left fuming after members of his promotional team were denied access.

"Because Klitschko is not behaving correctly, he doesn't get my respect," said Pulev. "He isn't afraid and he will be tested (during the bout)."

The Ukrainian champion pulled out of the original fight in September due to a bicep injury and was unimpressed by the challenger's pre-fight behaviour.

"I cannot believe it. He is ill-advised and it looks like brainwashing," said a bemused Klitschko, who has an impressive record of 52 knock-outs in 62 wins with the last of his three defeats now over a decade ago.

"Somebody from his entourage is pulling his strings."

Pulev enjoyed knockout wins over Alexander Ustinov and Alexander Dimitrenko in 2012 and his unanimous win over Tony Thompson in August 2013 earned him the right to fight Klitschko.

He kept busy last year by forcing both Joey Abell of the USA and Croatia's Ivica Perkovic into retiring in the early rounds of their bouts.

"I am going to be dangerous, pressing the action early on Saturday. Wladimir will have to move a lot inside the ring," said Pulev.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by texasboi15 on 11-14-2014

Wlad needs to address the ped accusations. Needs to prove...he's clean.

Comment by yoz on 11-14-2014

Who is officiating? Luis Pabon? Genaro Rodriguez?

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Comment by southpaw_07 on 11-14-2014

[QUOTE=damned1974;15099630]If he "presses" Klitschko, then Klitschko "presses" down on his neck....ala boring win.[/QUOTE] and referee Earl Brown is gonna warn Pulev for holding his head too low in the process...

Comment by Weltschmerz on 11-14-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;15099681]If you press, you get clinched and cheated. So I wouldn't exactly advise that.[/QUOTE] :bottle: :bottle: :bottle:

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