Heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) and Hughie Fury (21-1, 11 KOs) have just been officially scheduled to go head-to-head in a world title eliminator match on October 27th in Sofia, Bulgaria, per an ESPN report. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger to the winner between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, whom are scheduled go at it on Sept. 22.
Pulev-Fury will air live in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 and it’s expected that the fight will also stream live on ESPN+ in The States.
“The fact that Hughie Fury is coming to Bulgaria when many others ran away speaks volumes,” Pulev said. “I understand that he is very motivated because this is an eliminator fight for a chance at the world title. I suggest he stops thinking about the world title for a moment and come prepared for a real battle. I am already in beast mode and I’m hungry for my return in the ring.”
Fury, 23, is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Sam Sexton this past May, a bounce back win following his majority decision loss to Joseph Parker last fall. Fury says he wants to contend for world titles and that he must take on top opposition in order to put himself in position to do that. Meanwhile Pulev, 37, has won five straight fights since getting knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in late 2014.