Wladimir Klitschko makes mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev on Sept. 6

wladimir67IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO’s) is defending his titles against IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KO’s) on September 6th. The fight, which is one of Wladimir’s more interesting ones in the last three years, will take place at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. For Wladimir it’s probably a relief that he’s getting this fight out of the way after all these years.

He’s wanted to fight Pulev, and now he finally has a reason to do it. The match-up will be sure to attract a lot of interest from Wladimir’s German fans, as well as his fans in Ukraine, Russia and the United States. It gives Wladimir a chance to fight a former Olympian from Bulgaria, who was one of the best amateur heavyweights in the world once Alexander Povetkin went pro.

“Kubrat Pulev has an impressive record as an amateur and as well as a professional,” Wladimir said. “He has very good skills and I will definitely not underestimate him. I am looking forward to boxing in Hamburg. Everybody knows I have a special relationship to this city and the atmosphere in the O2 World has always been unbelievable.”

Wladimir has fought in the past in Hamburg, Germany in fights against David Haye, Mariusz Wach, Tony Thompson [first fight in 2008], Paea Wolfgramm and Fabian Meza.

One can only hope that Pulev will be able to make a good fight of it because he’s not looked great in some of his recent fights. He earned the shot to fight Wladimir by beating Tony Thompson by a 12 round unanimous decision last year in August, but it was a bout that Pulev won largely due to Thompson being old [42] and out of shape for the fight. Thompson controlled the action in the first 5 rounds, but then faded badly in the last 7 rounds and was beat on conditioning alone rather than the talent of the 33-year-old Pulev.