News recently broke that Meng Fanlong, who was slated to face Sergey Kovalev sometime this year, had instead elected to fight Jean Pascal after Triller “dragged [its] feet.” Keith Idec now reports that Kovalev will instead make his cruiserweight debut in a May 14th Triller PPV main event against Tervel Pulev.
Tervel Pulev (16-0, 13 KO), Kubrat Pulev’s brother is a 39-year-old fighter who won bronze at the 2012 Games. He hasn’t fought since January 2021, when he handed Vikapita Meroro his sixth loss.
Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KO) last saw action in 2019, when a competitive fight with Canelo Alvarez came to an abrupt end in the 11th. He was then slated to return against Bektemir Melikuziev, but that fell through when “The Krusher” failed a drug test.