Kubrat Pulev has been promising to end the 'boring' heavyweight reign of Wladimir Klitschko, although it now looks like he'll have to suffer through it for at least a couple more months. Klitschko was scheduled to make his title defense against Pulev on September 6 in Hamburg, reporting a pulled hamstring, while Dan Rafael is reporting a torn biceps injury. That's a pretty big discrepancy in injuries, but either way the bout will be put off for at least a couple months. Early speculation is that fight could now happen in mid-November.but has just sustained an injury during training camp. ESPN UK, amongst others, are
"He had problems on Friday and he first thought it's a minor thing, but he went to the hospital near the camp [in Austria] and there they detected this torn muscle," Bernd Boente, Klitschko's manager, told ESPN.com. "He was in top shape and he had perfect sparring partners. He did a long preparation and is sorry to have to postpone the fight."
"We hope to reschedule the bout in the same arena in mid-November, probably Nov. 15," Boente said. "But that is something we have to discuss with the arena and RTL [the German television network that has a contract to carry Klitschko's fights]. We also have to talk to the IBF because this fight is a mandatory.
Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs), the undefeated mandatory challenger will now have to adjust his training schedule to prepare for a new fight date, once it has been finalized.
Unfortunately this turn of events will only likely provide Shannon Briggs with a few more opportunities to randomly pop-up on Wladimir to eat his food, jump in his ring, or somehow otherwise antagonize him. And I'm sure it'll all be magically captured on camera for the world to see.