Kubrat Pulev willing to fight Fury after he gets IBF title shot

Bulgaria’s best heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (27-1) is eager to fight his Top Rank colleague Tyson Fury (28-0-1), but only after the 38-years-old get his mandatory IBF world title shot.

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Pulev got the number 1 challenger spot last October when he defeated Fury’s cousin – Hughie Fury via UD. “The Cobra” will have to wait though because the IBF strap is currently in possession of Andy Ruiz Jr who won’t be vacating any belts and he’ll defend all the titles in a rematch against former unified world heavyweight king Anthony Joshua later this year.

A potential fight between the Bulgarian and “The Gypsy King” won’t be hard to make, because they’re both working with Bob Arum and ESPN. Plus, Fury needs a higher-ranked opponent before he squares up again with WBC champ Deontay Wilder in 2020.

The 30-year-old Brit is coming off of an easy win against Tom Schwarz, but Germany’s number one heavyweight isn’t near the top guys in the division.

Pulev, who only lost to Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014 was in attendance at the Fury-Schwarz fight and he wasn’t impressed, just like Joshua and Wilder.

“The opponent was not so great. Nothing special,” said Pulev to Behind The Gloves.

“I’m ready to meet Fury. Why not? I am the #1 contender with the IBF. First I have to fight for the IBF belt, and then we can make the fight with Fury,” Pulev stated.

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