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Pulev Reportedly Injured, Anthony Joshua Fight in Jeopardy

by Shaun Brown

Reports are coming out of Bulgaria that Kubrat Pulev has suffered a chest injury ahead of his IBF/WBA/IBO heavyweight title challenge against Anthony Joshua,

The bout, which was due to take place on October 28, on Sky Box Office in the UK and Showtime in America, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff could now be in jeopardy following a report on btv.bg

The report at btv.bg says that Pulev suffered a rupture of the thoracic muscle after undergoing an ultrasound in Berlin. According to the report the injury is one that takes a month to recover from.

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Pulev's injury apparently happened 10 days ago but was kept under wraps, for obvious reasons, in the hope that the former European Heavyweight champion and one-time world title challenger would recover, or able to get through it.

Btv.bg say that a new date for Joshua's IBF mandatory will be "scheduled in November or December".

A reported 75,000 tickets have been sold for the fight which was set to feature Dillian Whyte vs Robert Heleinus for the WBC Silver Heavyweight title and Kal Yafai defending his WBA Super Flyweight title against Sho Ishida.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn was unavailable when Boxing Scene tried to contact him.

Editor's Note: Multiple sources with knowledge of the details have confirmed Pulev's injury, and likely withdrawal, to BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 285Kid on 10-17-2017

Carlos Takam

Comment by champion4ever on 10-17-2017

Any more excuses? So what are the excuses now? This leaves a window of opportunity for Joshua to fight his other mandatory; The WBA #1 ranked contender "The Real King Kong" Luis Ortiz. So what are they waiting for? It's…

Comment by Dramacyde on 10-16-2017

IBF is doing a great job picking cherries for Josharoid

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-16-2017

Just do Wilder vs Joshua now. Screw Pulev and Stiverne.

Comment by RapidSon on 10-16-2017

Yep, really don't wanna see him fight now..cherry picking lucky mf.

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