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Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight

Kubrat Pulev was less than two weeks away from a world title shot, when he suffered a shoulder injury.

He was in full training to challenge WBA, IBO, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua before a crowd of 70,000 fans in Cardiff - with Showtime and Sky Sports Box Office showcasing the event.

After Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) withdrew, he was replaced by the next IBF challenger in line, Carlos Takam, who accepted the fight on short notice but was fully training as a backup opponent for the possibility of replacing Pulev.

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Pulev has won five fights in a row since suffering a knockout loss in his last world title shot, against Wladimir Klitschko, in November 2015.

He says the opportunity, and the millions of dollars that he would have made, is not enough to risk his health and boxing future.

"I am aware that the news of my injury and the subsequent cancellation of the game between me and Anthony Joshua for the world title surprised you. It wasn't easy for me to make that decision! I know, in my place, almost everyone would choose to get into the ring in Cardiff, despite everything and collect a few million," Pulev stated.

"Anyone else, but not me! In my life and in my world, it's not all money. I've learned that a man goes into battle to win it. I understand that despite the vicissitudes of life, a man should not cheat on his beliefs. Anthony Joshua has to defend world titles against a strong rival and I'm glad he already has one.

"I'm still more thirsty for this battle, and I think it's only a matter of time. It is such challenges that make my heart beat hard and feel that I am truly alive. In a week's time, we tried everything to heal the injury, but everything needs its own. I take it as a sign. If God decided, then that's how it was meant to be. Still, I will be myself and I will not betray my principles. A few million won't make me richer or happier.

"My wealth is the undying love of the Bulgarian people, from whom I always buy strength and inspiration and that gives me the meaning of everything I do! Thank you from the heart of all Bulgarians for faith and support! We're moving on!"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 10-18-2017

I actually empathise with him, imagine losing out on millions of £ like that. He could have fooled everyone and turn up to collect his cheque like Sergio Martinez did against Cotto, but everyone else loses from that apart from…

Comment by serious box on 10-18-2017

*"it was tough too withdraw because I didn't fancy getting my chin checked by Frank brunos son. In my country Bulgaria we fear Joshua's physical prowess he is built like an oppressive war machine my skull would have been fractured…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 10-18-2017

You guys would just complain if Joshua knocked Pulev out early if he then told everyone he had been injured and you would claim he should have let someone else fight ,end of ! Is he injured ? Well no…

Comment by thack on 10-18-2017

The same muppets here would be moaning if he put in a below par performance because of his injury.It's always a disappointment but that's boxing.A.J. has under two weeks to adapt to a completely different style and fight so they…

Comment by kushking on 10-18-2017

:wank:What a fvcking tosser.:pat:

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