The 38-year-old Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) is tentatively slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) on September 6 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
"I think it's a very good fight. You have an undefeated guy who earned the right to fight Wladimir by winning his eliminator," said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions. "Pulev is considered one of the best guys in the division, so it'll be a test for Wladimir, but we think Wladimir is at a different level than anyone else in the heavyweight division."
Most recently, without breaking a sweat, Klitschko pulverized Alex Leapai in April.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) floored the 6-foot Leapai (30-5-3, 24 K0s) twice before ending the outclassed Australian with a huge right to the jaw with 58 seconds left in the fifth.
"I was ringside when Wladimir defended his belts a few weeks ago. It was a walk in the park for him against Leapai," said Pulev, 33, a Bulgarian who has trumped a fleet of tomato cans. "When Klitschko meets me inside the ring, I will cause him real problems, to say the least. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream."
Currently ranked third in the pound-for-pound rankings, Klitschko has now emerged triumphant in 20 consecutive outings since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, Hayden Panettiere’s fiancé has won 16 straight title contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.