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Pulev-Miller Eliminator - Epic Wins Another IBF Purse Bid

By Keith Idec

Epic Sports & Entertainment has won another purse bid for the right to promote an IBF heavyweight title elimination match involving Kubrat Pulev.

The New York-based company out-bid Team Sauerland, Pulev’s promoter, to earn the right to promote Pulev’s fight against Jarrell Miller. Epic Sports & Entertainment’s winning bid was $2,111,111, more than twice the amount Team Sauerland bid ($1,000,010).

Epic Sports & Entertainment, with which longtime boxing attorney John Wirt is involved, surprisingly won an IBF purse bid last month to promote a Pulev-Dillian Whyte elimination match. Epic Sports & Entertainment bid $1,500,111 – more than Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing ($831,111), which promotes Whyte, and Team Sauerland ($801,305) to win that purse bid.

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London’s Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) instead decided to face former WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs) on July 28 at O2 Arena in London. Whyte’s decision initiated another purse bid for Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs), who’s ranked No. 2 by the IBF, to face the third-rated Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs).

Brooklyn’s Miller is the IBF’s next available contender. He stands to make what would be a career-high $527,777.75, his 25 percent of the winning bid. Miller might not accept the fight if, as expected, Epic Sports & Entertainment takes it to Pulev’s native Bulgaria. 

If they do fight, the Pulev-Miller winner would become the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF title. 

Pulev was scheduled to challenge Joshua on October 28 in Cardiff, Wales. The once-beaten contender withdrew from that fight less than two weeks in advance due to a shoulder injury.

England’s Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) stopped Pulev’s replacement, Cameroon’s Carlos Takam, in the 10th round at a sold-out Principality Stadium.

The 6-feet-4, 250-pound Pulev has lost only to former champ Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs). The retired Klitschko stopped Pulev in the fifth round of their November 2014 championship match in Hamburg, Germany.

Pulev hasn’t fought since defeating American Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder in April 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Miller most recently defeated France’s Johann Duhaupas (37-5, 24 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pandur on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;18890835]Would you?? The locals would beat him before Pulev even lays a glove on him[/QUOTE] Nope. I wouldn't take it either. Wouldn't blame Miller

Comment by sicko on 06-26-2018

Somebody is trolling? :lol1: Who the hell is behind Epic?

Comment by Kell Mercury on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18892999]I agree Pulev is better schooled. I lean towards Miller in that fight because of activity and age. I wanna see what Pulev would do when he can't control the distance in that fight or how he'd deal with Miller's…

Comment by Mammoth on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=ScottWeiland;18892980]Right but all the while Pulev has been sat above him whilst Washington and Wach are fat removed from the top twenty. Chisora was an actual semi eliminator if memory serves before Whyte and Chisora went life and death with…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 06-26-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18892952]Washington, Wach and Duhaupas isn't the worst string of wins. Probably better than quite a few heavies at the moment. That's better than Pulev has done in recent times as well.[/QUOTE] Right but all the while Pulev has been sat…

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