Joshua, undefeated in 19 fights since turning
professional in 2013, will now defend his IBF world title
against Frenchman Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Oct. 28 in his
first bout since defeating Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA
title in April.
Pulev said the chance to win the title was more important to him
than the money on offer and he had decided to wait for another
"It wasn't easy for me to make that decision," the 36-year-old
told local media. "I know, in my place, almost everyone would
choose to get into the ring in Cardiff, despite everything, and
collect a few million.Ē
Pulev, one of Bulgariaís most popular sportsmen, was confident
he had the weapons to dethrone Joshua.
"I can beat Joshua ... but I canít beat him if Iím injured," he
Pulev turned professional at 28 in September 2009, less than a
year after winning the European amateur boxing title in
Known as The Cobra, he has held the European heavyweight title
twice and challenged for the unified world heavyweight title in
2014, losing to Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout.
Pulev could be in for a long wait for a shot at Joshua, who is
being lined up to face Cuban Luis Ortiz, the mandatory
challenger for his WBA title, after the Takam fight.
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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