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Kubrat Pulev to face Bogdan Dinu on March 23

The top contender will look to stay busy in California.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The March 23 ESPN card has a main event and a venue, as Kubrat Pulev will face Bogdan Dinu in a 10-round heavyweight bout from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California.

Pulev (26-1, 13 KO) is the current IBF mandatory challenger, having beaten Hughie Fury in an eliminator last October in Bulgaria. Now signed with Top Rank, the 37-year-old former title challenger is looking to stay busy for the time being, as Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF belt, faces Jarrell Miller on June 1.

Dinu (18-1, 14 KO) is a 32-year-old Romanian coming off of his first career loss, against the aforementioned Miller on Nov. 17 in Kansas. Dinu was knocked out in the fourth round of that fight, and his record is empty otherwise. In other words, Pulev will be the huge favorite to win and win pretty handily here.

The card is also expected to feature Jessie Magdaleno’s move up to featherweight, as he faces veteran Rico Ramos. Junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev is also tentatively scheduled for the card.

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