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Today, from the O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany, universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Kitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) will face unbeaten mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs).
After much negotiation and a postponement, the fight is finally here.
As with many of Klitschoko's fights as of late, there seems to be some confusion in the U.S. and U.K about date, start time and broadcast channel for those who want to watch via TV.
Americans are accustomed to watching big fights at night but this bout will be broadcast mid-day in the States.
So when is Klitschko vs Pulev in the U.S. and U.K?
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 in U.S., U.K.
Location: O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany
Klitschko vs Pulev Time:
- U.S. - 4:45 PM ET/1:45 PM PT
- U.K. - 8PM (20:00) UK, British time
- Germany - 22:10 (Germany)
Titles at-stake: (Klitschko defending)
The RING Magazine (or lineal title), WBA Super, IBF, WBO and (fringe) IBO
Promoter: K2 Promotions (Tom Loeffler)
So who is Kubrat Pulev?
Hailing from Bulgaria, Pulev has a professional record of 20-0 with 11 wins coming via stoppage and is rated the No. 2 heavyweight (Klitschko is No. 1) in the world by BoxRec, boxing's famed records and database site. He is also The RING Magazine's top contender.
"I will get the titles," stated the Bulgarian challenger.
"I am ready to replace Wladimir Klitschko as the world champion. This fight is the highlight of my career. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream. I have worked hard for this chance."
Ahead of Saturday's heavyweight championship showdown between champion Wladimir Klitschko and Kubrat Pulev, many American casual fans are dismissing the challenger's chances, insisting he's just another nameless, faceless opponent.
... But harcore fight fans know Pulev is a serious contender.
Klitschko vs Pulev facts and interesting tidbits
- Ages: Klitschko 38, Pulev 33 (Will Father Time catch-up with Wlad tonight?)
- Reach: The challenger's reach of 80"/203cm is almost as long as Wlad's 81"/203cm
- Tony Thompson: How big was Pulev's August 2013 win over the surging Tony Thompson? The former is the only man, aside from Wladimir Klitschko, to defeat Tony in the last 13 years.
- Betting Odds: Wladimir Kitschko is the favorite at (-600) while Pulev will enter as a decisive underdog (+400)
- Second time around: Originally scheduled for September 6, the fight was postponed after Klitscho was injured in training. “It is complete nonsense,” Pulev said on Bulgarian television. “If it is a slight injury, you know what medicine can do today and he has a good staff of specialists, he would have been able to recover in time. If it is a serious injury he won’t recover before November 15.”
- Many believe Kubrat Pulev is the biggest threat to Wladimir Klitschko in 10 years
- Rank: Pulev is rated the No. 2 heavyweight (Klitschko is No. 1) in the world by BoxRec, boxing's famed records and database site, and is RING Magazine's top contender.
- Klitschko's 8 year reign as a titleholder is second only to Joe Louis’ 11 years.
- Height: At 6′ 4½″/194cm, Pulev has performed well against taller fighters, specifically Alexander Dimitrenko (6'7"/201cm) and Alexander Ustinov (6'7½"/202cm). The Bulgarian earned 11th Round stoppages in both affairs.
- Knockouts-to-Fights Ratio: Klitschko - 80%, Pulev - 55%
- Last Fight: Klitschko TKO 5 Alex Leapai, April 26; Kubrat Pulev TKO 3 Ivica Perkovic, April 5
- Tonight's fight will serve as Klitschko's 17th title defense