Our resident Bulgarian sports reporter Kaloyan Ivanov followed the fortunes of his compatriot Kubrat Pulev as he fought Wladimir Klitshcko in Hamburg last night. 

Courtesy of Frank Augstein.
Courtesy of Frank Augstein.

It was a one-sided affair on Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany. The reigning champion of WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO Wladimir Klitschko (63-3,54KOs) finished his challenger for the IBF title Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (20-1,11KOs) in five rounds.

Both boxers looked relax before the match with a great atmosphere in the arena. Pulev had an outstanding support from Bulgarian fans who chanted his name throughout the bout. The Cobra went in to the match as an underdog with no one expecting him to defeat the reigning champion. Klitschko last lost a match in 2004 as his undefeated streak is continuing for over a decade now.

The bout could have finished in the first round with the Ukrainian champion sending Pulev to the ground twice in a minute. In the second round and throughout the match the Bulgarian contender tried to cut the distance that Klitschko created, but the champion went for the clinch every time, effectively stopping Pulev’s attacks.

In the start of the third round both fighters tried to look for an opening. After trying to go for the jab the Cobra was send down yet again by Dr. Steelhamer with a ferocious right hand. It was amazing that Pulev continued to fight after that.

In the fourth round there was another try by the Bulgarian to cut the distance from his opponent and impose a left jab, but Klitschko once again stopped this either with a clinch or a left hand. By this time Pulev was being dominated by the Ukrainian and even had a small injury under his right eye.

Wladimir Klitschko finished the fight in the fifth round with 56 seconds to go. After both boxers tried to go with the left jab, the reigning champion smashed down his opponent with a strong cross and this time the Bulgarian was unable to stand up.

This is the 21st consecutive win for Dr. Steelhammer after he last lost a bout in 2004. It is confirmed that the Ukrainian will continue his quest to make history after he signed a deal with HBO for three matches. Will he unify the boxing titles and become undisputed champion? One thing is clear: no one can stop Wladimir Klitschko.

By Kaloyan Ivanov