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Weigh-in alert: Derek Chisora 258.2 Kubrat Pulev 250

Photo by Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
08
Jul

Former heavyweight title challengers Derek Chisora and Kubrat Pulev have weighed in ahead of their 12-round bout which takes place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.

Pulev, who outpointed Chisora in 2016, came in at 250 pounds for the rematch. The Bulgarian technician has won nine of 10 fights since being stopped by Wladimir Klitschko in November 2014. His only other defeat came to then-unified titleholder Anthony Joshua.

Chisora, who adorned a Boris Johnson mask throughout, weighed in at 258.2 pounds. The popular slugger from London has lost his last three outings and hasn’t had his hand raised since October 2019. However, Chisora did push Joseph Parker close in their first bout, and he performed extremely well against pound for pound star and unified titleholder Oleksandr Usyk in October 2020.

“Thanks for coming, I’m excited, just tune in tomorrow,” said Chisora after weighing in. “I’m ready to rock-n-roll. Come and watch me if there are any tickets left. You will not be disappointed.”

Neither fighter is likely to earn another world title shot, but the winner would be in position to secure another substantial payday. The loser has nowhere to go.

The 38 year-old Chisora has a record of 32-12 (23 KOs). Pulev, 41, is 29-2 (14 KOs).

WBA junior middleweight title eliminator

Israil Madrimov (Rated No. 8 by The Ring) – 153.7

Michel Soro (Rated No. 9 by The Ring) – 153.6

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Photo by Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

Israil Madrimov and Michel Soro. Photo by Mark Robinson/ Matchroom Boxing

Chisora-Pulev 2, plus undercard action, will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

 

Tom Gray is managing editor for Ring Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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