Alexander Dimitrenko vs Kubrat Pulev Preview May 5th
The Messehalle in Erfurt, Thüringen Germany will be the site of the vacant European Heavyweight Championship fight between Kubrat Pulev and Alexander ‘Sascha’ Dimitrenko on Saturday May 5. The 29-year-old Dimitrenko of Ukraine is the former European champion after winning the vacant title against fellow countryman Yaroslav Zavorotnyi by fifth-round TKO in July of 2010. Since then he’s defended it against Albert Sosnowski (KO 12) of Poland and Michael Sprott (UD 12) of Britain.
The undefeated Pulev of Bulgaria also defeated Sprott after the Briton’s corner stopped the fight at the end of the ninth round in their bout in January. He’ll enter the ring with a perfect 15-0 record with seven knockouts while Dimitrenko carries a 32-1 record with him with 23 KOs.
If you look at this fight on paper only it looks like Dimitrenko has an advantage, but just a slight one. His only pro loss came against rising American heavyweight Eddie Chambers by a close majority decision back in July of 2009. He has more power than Pulev and has quite a height advantage as he stands 6-foot-7. The 30-year-old Pulev isn’t small by any means though as he is 6-foot-4 ½ himself.
However, Pulev feels that size doesn’t matter, not in this match anyway. He said if the tactics are right then Dimitrenko’s height advantage won’t mean a thing once the bell rings to start the bout. Pulev said he’s been sparring against big fighters in training camp and he hasn’t had a problem with them. Dimitrenko might even agree with him since he said his extra height might not mean too much. He said we’ll just have to see what happens in the ring when the fight gets underway.
Dimitrenko, who now fights out of Germany, has quite a bit more experience as a pro boxer, but Pulev said his extensive amateur experience makes up for what he lacks in the pro ranks. Pulev claims to have had over 300 amateur fights and won the European amateur championship in 2008. He feels that when it comes to total boxing experience that they’re both on the same level.
Dimitrenko said he’s definitely not underestimating Pulev, but he is highly motivated for this fight because he wants to regain his European title. For some reason the EBU stripped him of his belt after beating Sprott last September. He suffered an eye injury in the fight, but still won by a unanimous decision.
The former champion said the EBU stripped him of his crown unjustly and he’s desperate to win it back against Pulev. He wouldn’t predict a knockout, but Dimitrenko assured his fans that he’ll definitely win the fight. Pulev said he’s confident of victory as well, but didn’t want to predict anything either. He said you never know what’s going to happen in a fight since each opponent is unique and they’ve never faced each other before.
This is a tough one to call, but it could go all the way with Dimitrenko pulling out a close decision win.
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