Heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev cemented his status as the IBF’s number one contender with a 10 round unanimous decision victory against Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
The 38-year old Bulgarian won on all three judges scorecards 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 to keep his hopes of a title shot alive against IBF strap holder Andy Ruiz Jnr. who has a December 7 rematch with former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Nicknamed ‘The Cobra’, Pulev who improves his professional records to 28-1-14 KO says he’s ready to face the winner of the Ruiz v Joshua rematch scheduled for later this year in Saudi Arabia as the IBF mandatory challenger:
“It’s been eight months from my last fight,” said Pulev. “I think my opponent was not bad. I respect him. It was a very nice fight…I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz!”.
Pulev’s solitary career loss to date was suffered at the hands of Wladimir Klitchko, a 5th round technical knockout in November 2014. Since then, the Sofia-born heavyweight has notched up 8 successive wins against the likes of Nigeria’s Samuel Peters, British duo Dereck Chisora and Hughie Fury to be in title contention once again.