Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko suffered a torn left biceps and announced Monday that his fight versus mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has been postponed.
Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs), who sustained the injury during a Friday sparring session, was slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the 33-year-old Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) on September 6 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
"I am very disappointed that the fight cannot take place as planned,” said Klitschko, 38, who earned gold as a Ukrainian at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. “I am in absolute top form and had a great training camp. Of course, I'm sorry for the fans, but also for my opponent Kubrat Pulev, who was certainly training as intensely as I do."
Although unblemished as a professional, Pulev has trumped a fleet of tomato cans.
Comparatively, without breaking a sweat, Klitschko last vacated the squared circle in April after pulverizing Alex Leapai.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko 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.
Currently ranked third in the pound-for-pound rankings, Klitschko has now emerged triumphant in 20 consecutive outings since enduring 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.
“Dr. Steelhammer” will be shelved for roughly four weeks and then scrap Pulev at the same venue in November.
Hence, certainly “in absolute top form,” expect Wladimir Klitschko to now knock Kubrat Pulev onto Queer Street this autumn.