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Kubrat Pulev: Klitschko won't be able to clinch me

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Kubrat Pulev has plans. They all have plans.

Boris Streubel

Kubrat Pulev has the latest shot at Wladimir Klitschko this Saturday in Germany, and the 33-year-old Bulgarian is promising -- or at least hoping -- that his footwork will be a major factor in the fight, and that Wladimir won't be able to clinch his way to an ugly win.

"Inside the ring it is all about what I can do and do better than him. Actually, I think that footwork will be a deciding factor but you have to wait to see it yourself. One thing that is for sure is that Klitschko will not be able to impose his physique on me - for example, he will not be able to clinch me as he did with (Alexander) Povetkin."

Pulev (20-0, 11 KO) has the size -- he's a little under 6'5" and weighs in around 250 pounds -- and the skill set to potentially give Klitschko (62-3, 52 KO) actual trouble, but remains a pretty heavy underdog. Bovada has odds listed as Klitschko -600 and Pulev +400, which isn't, you know, drastically terrible, but still quite clear.

Pulev is neither the first "Legitimate Contender" to come along with plans of the upset, nor is he a perfect candidate for ending Wladimir's reign of terror. But he may legitimately be the best candidate since Klitschko began his ownership of the division. That might not be enough, but it's something.