Tyson Fury recently suggested that Kubrat Pulev turned down a fight with him, leading to Fury instead facing Otto Wallin in his next fight on Sept. 14.
Pulev, however, says that Fury is just looking to use his name and the names of others as a way to distract from the fact that he’s facing “unknown” opponents.
“Fury is using me and some other boxers that he knows are currently unavailable for different reasons, just so he can get some PR,” said Pulev. “A few years ago, Fury refused a fight with me and not because he wasn’t available like I am right now. He was available. He was just scared!”
Pulev, 38, is the current IBF mandatory challenger, waiting to see what shakes out with the Andy Ruiz Jr-Anthony Joshua situation, and hoping to fight one of them or someone else for that belt, probably in 2020.
Pulev (27-1, 14 KO) says his goal is world titles, having not won one in his 10-year pro career.
“My first goal is to become a world champion, not to just fight random unknown opponents like he’s doing!” Pulev said. “Winning those belts are my main focus right now.”
Pulev also took a swipe at Tyson’s cousin Hughie, whom Pulev defeated last October.
“Fury’s turn will come and, when it does, I will make him just as powerless as his cousin, who also used to talk a lot.”