Kubrat Pulev will get his second world title shot this weekend when he goes toe-to-toe with Anthony Joshua at Wembley Arena.
Pulev was supposed to face AJ in 2017 but had to pull out due to injury with Joshua going on to beat Carlos Takam instead.
Kubrat Pulev will go toe-to-toe with Anthony Joshua at Wembley Arena this weekendMikey Williams/Top Rank
Now the veteran Bulgarian will get his chance to face off against the heavyweight champion.
Joshua’s WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles will be on the line and Pulev believes he has what it takes to pull off a big shock.
The 39-year-old has had a long career and this will certainly be one of his toughest tests to date.
Kubrat Pulev: Debut and who he has fought
Pulev beat Romanian Florian Benche on his pro debut in September 2009, claiming a TKO win in the second round of their clash in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
He then claimed 19 more wins – including against Britons Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott – and picked up the IBF International heavyweight title.
In November 2014, Pulev had his first world title fight, facing Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.
The legendary Ukranian knocked out Pulev in the fifth round to retain his titles before going on to lose to Tyson Fury and Joshua.
Pulev has since rebuilt his career, claiming a further eight victories including against Derek Chisora and Hughie Fury.
This weekend’s clash comes a year on since Pulev’s last fight, his unanimous decision win over Rydell Booker, and will be his first in the UK.
Kubrat Pulev: Wins, losses and pro record
Of the 29 fights Pulev has faced so far, he has won 28 with that one defeat to Klitschko.
He has claimed 14 victories by the way of knockout, 13 by decision and with one disqualification.
Kubrat Pulev: Weight, height and reach
Pulev has typically weighed in at around 116kg but tipped the scales at a lean 108kg for his fight with AJ.
The 39-year-old, who fights from an orthodox stance, is 6ft 4in (194cm) and has a reach of 80in (202cm).
Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev face off this weekendMark Robinson/Matchroom
Kubrat Pulev: Next fight and future opponents
Pulev believes he will pull off a shock win this weekend and set himself up for a showdown with Tyson Fury next year.
“We see a lot of mistakes from Anthony,” said Pulev.
“I think these mistakes, and the bad sides, stay. The most important thing is how I perform on Saturday night. When I am good, I beat him well. Right now I feel very good, strong and powerful.
“This fight is not only for me. This fight isn’t just for boxing. It is for all of Bulgaria. Nobody from my country has ever been heavyweight champion of the world.
“I think after this fight I’m going to fight with Tyson Fury. I don’t believe that the Joshua vs Fury fight is going to happen because I will win on Saturday night.
“I think the world needs a new world champion like me. I am the new world champion.”