Former heavyweight title challenger Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 13 KOs) beat an out of shape and old former WBC heavyweight champion Sam Peter (36-5, 20 KOs) by a 4th round TKO last Saturday night at the Arena Ameec in Sofia, Bulgaria. Peter’s midsection was large, and he appeared to be considerably overweight for the fight.
I don’t know what Peter’s optimal weight is at this point in his career, but he looked very, very heavy for the Pulev fight. Peter weighed in at 271 pounds last Friday, which was nearly 30 pounds more than the 243lbs that he weighed for his first fight against Wladimir Klitschko in 2005. That was the fight in which Peter came close to beating Wladimir.
The ending of the Pulev-Peter fight was a weird one with Peter suddenly attacking Pulev in the last seconds of the 3rd round and coming up lame with an injured arm. Before the injury occurred, Peter, 36, had been getting nonstop by the 35-year-old Pulev. Peter then came alive in the last seconds of the round and backed Pulev up with punches that badly missed. The round ended with Peter throwing a wild right hand that missed Pulev’s head by a mile. After the round ended, Peter hung over the side of the ropes, looking exhausted from his brief amount of exertion. The fight was stopped after the round ended.
The 6’2” Peter was having problems landing anything in the fight. Pulev was able to lean backwards to avoid many of Peter’s wild punches in the fight. When Peter did attack on rare occasions, Pulev would back up while jabbing and easily pick him off. It looked almost comical.
Pulev’s victory gives him the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title. However, the results failed to show that the 6’4 ½” Pulev would be able to beat the top fighters in the heavyweight division. Pulev is ranked IBF #2, WBC #3, WBO #10, and WBA #11. He should be getting a world title shot sooner or later against one of the champions in the division, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to beat any of them.
Pulev does not look that good for him to beat WBC champion Deontay Wilder or IBF champ Anthony Joshua right now. However, Pulev is doing the best he can in getting ready for an eventual title shot. Pulev’s promoters at Sauerland Events are hoping he can fight for a world title in 2017. If that happens, then I’ve got to wish Pulev a lot of luck, because he’s going to need it. Pulev doesn’t have the punching power or enough boxing skills to get him a victory over Wilder or Joshua as far as I can tell.