Pulev Pummels Dinu

By Robert Ecksel on March 23, 2019
Pulev Pummels Dinu
The bleeding seemed to bother Pulev more than his opponent. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Pulev took most of the rounds. Dinu drew first blood in the fourth from a bad cut over Pulev’s left eye…

Saturday night at The Hanger in Costa Mesa, California, in a fight televised live on ESPN, IBF #1 contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs), the battle-tested veteran from Sofia, Bulgaria, punished WBA #14 ranked Bogdan Dinu (18-2, 14 KOs), from Bucharest, Romania, dropping him three times in the seventh round to force the stoppage.

Pulev took most of the rounds. Dinu drew first blood in the fourth from a bad cut over Pulev’s left eye from a legal punch. Pulev’s right and left found the mark through most the fight, and his eye continued to bleed. He dropped Dinu in the seventh. He lost a point for hitting Dinu when he was down. Pulev dropped Dinu two more times in the round before referee Raul Caiz waved it off at 2:40.

Pulev bled more than Dinu. He also outlanded Dinu 72-11 over the last three rounds. Dinu failed to protect himself at all times. He also forgot to jab. He landed 13 of them. Seventy of Pulev’s 110 landed punches were jabs.

“This is just part of being in a fight,” Pulev said. “The cut was not such a big problem. Sometimes blood makes me very hungry.”

The bleeding seemed to bother Pulev more than his opponent.

“I was very well prepared. I was ready for anything. At this moment I feel I can do anything inside the ring. I showed very good boxing skills. I also showed that I have good punching power and a good strategy.”

The Bulgarian Bomber may be in line for a shot at Anthony Joshua.

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  1. Lucas McCain 10:31am, 03/24/2019

    37 years old and close-ups show it—not great for selling a big fight.  But with 3 champs, there’s room for an extra person or two on line.

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