Boxing News: According to Ivaylo Gotzev, the Bulgarian heavyweight’s promoter, Joe Joyce’s team has expressed interest in a fight with former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev.
After a stoppage victory over Carlos Takam in July, the British contender is within striking distance of a world title fight.
However, Joyce is weighing his choices for the future, which might include a fight with Pulev, who was stopped by Anthony Joshua in December when competing for the WBA, IBF, and WBO crowns.
Pulev’s promoter Gotzev told Sky Sports, “He’s definitely looking forward to some nice clashes this coming year, 2022.”
“We’ve been inundated with offers. Joe Joyce is on the lookout for us.
“Kubrat is not a stepping stone for anyone, so we’ll pick and select our battles to bring him back to where he feels terrific.
“It all depends on how he wants to enter the ring and how long he wants to fight.”
Pulev, who has only lost to Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in 30 fights, makes an unexpected comeback this weekend against former UFC champion Frank Mir in a Triad Combat Rules affair.
If he is victorious, talks regarding another battle in Britain might be restarted.
When asked if he had been approached by Joyce’s staff, Gotzev told Sky Sports: “I have not been contacted by Joyce’s people.” “Without a doubt. They are attempting to reach out. They are conversing with us, but if they become serious, they know who to call.
“I’d like to hear directly from (Joyce’s promoter) Frank Warren.”
Joyce has also been connected to a bout with Tyson Fury, who is still awaiting confirmation of his next opponent, with the WBC yet to announce an expected mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte.
Joyce’s management, SJAM, said Sky Sports, “Joyce will fight anyone.” “He’s never turned down a fight, and he’s finally ready to face the true heavyweight elite.
“He’s ranked first by the WBO and second by the WBC, and he wants to win titles. I communicate with his promoters (led by Frank Warren) on a regular basis, and they are aware of our goals.
“He would love a bout with a boxer of Fury’s calibre.
“Joe’s longevity and engine are unrivalled in the competition.”
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