Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev, November 15
Klitschko is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but has faced claims of being matched lightly in recent bouts– both by design and by the reality of ruling the roost by such a huge margin. His last defense against Aussie clubber, Alex Leapai, was an ugly squash and an embarrassment for all those involved. The upcoming showdown with Pulev, however, promises to be, at least on paper, Klitschko’s stiffest test in years.
Bulgaria’s undefeated Pulev is considered by many insiders to be a real live dog in this bout and someone who could make Klitschko truly work for a win. A large, 6′ 5″ boxer with deceptive hand and foot speed, Pulev has shown a solid ring IQ thus far in a career highlighted by wins over Tony Thompson, Alexander Ustinov, Derric Rossy, and Alexander Dimitrenko.