Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) has vowed to make his coach Ulli Wegner proud again following the loss suffered by the legendary German coach’s star pupil Arthur Abraham last weekend in Las Vegas.
Pulev faces Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in a European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator. The Bulgarian fighter says he will atone for Abraham’s loss by bringing another title back to Wegner’s training group.
‘’My coach Ulli Wegner and his assistant Georg Bramowski have been doing an excellent job,’’ said Pulev. ‘’But in the ring, it’s up to the fighter to perform. It was disappointing to see Arthur lose his title, but I hope to make Mr. Wegner proud again by winning the European belt and then becoming World Champion.’’
The hard has already begun for the 34 year-old, who was this week joined in training camp at the Kienbaum Olympic Centre by his coach Wegner.
‘’Kubrat now has my full attention,’’ said the star coach. ‘’We have lost a title in our training group, which is very painful, but now we must look forward.’’
There was some cause for celebration last weekend with another of Wegner’s protégé’s ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay claiming World honours. The former European Champion scored a stoppage victory over Jean Carlos Prada for the WBA World Super Welterweight belt.
‘’Jack has shown what can be done with hard work,’’ said Wegner. ‘’Now, I expect the same from Kubrat. He must train hard and be ready for twelve tough rounds.’’
‘’Maybe Chisora will see the current situation as an advantage to him,’’ adds Pulev. ‘’But if he underestimates me, he will be in for a rude awakening on May 7.’’