Belts on The Line
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Who won Pulev vs Fury?
Kubrat Pulev beat Hughie Fury by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 27th October 2018 at Arena Armeec in Sofia.
The scorecards were announced as 117-111, 118-110, 115-113 in favor of winner Kubrat Pulev.
The fight took place over 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
This contest was for the IBF heavyweight championship of the world.
Pulev vs Fury stats
Kubrat Pulev stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Hughie Fury made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested that Pulev and Fury have similar power, both with a 52% knock out percentage.
Kubrat Pulev was the older man by 13 years, at 39 years old.
Fury had a height advantage of 2 inches over Pulev.
Both Kubrat Pulev & Hughie Fury fought out of an orthodox stance.
Pulev was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 3 years and 6 months earlier than Fury, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 57 more professional rounds, 212 to Fury's 155.
Kubrat Pulev went into the fight ranked number 2 by the IBF in the heavyweight division.
Hughie Fury was ranked number 10 by the WBC and 3 by the IBF in the heavyweight division.
Pulev vs Fury form
Pulev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Kevin Johnson on 28th April 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Previous to that, he had defeated Dereck Chisora on 7th May 2016 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had beat Maurice Harris on 5th December 2015 by knockout in the 1st round at Inselparkhalle, Wilhelmsburg.
Before that, he had won against George Arias on 17th October 2015 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at DM-Arena, Karlsruhe.
He had been beaten by Wladimir Klitschko on 15th November 2014 by knockout in the 5th round in their WBA Super World Heavyweight, The Ring Heavyweight and WBO World Heavyweight championship fight at O2 World Arena, Hamburg.
Hughie Fury had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Pavel Sour on 7th March 2020 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had lost to Alexander Povetkin on 31st August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at O2 Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Samuel Peter on 12th July 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Before that, he had defeated Chris Norrad on 25th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, United Kingdom.
He had been beaten by Kubrat Pulev on 27th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Heavyweight eliminator fight at Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Hughie Fury had been fighting more than Kubrat Pulev.
Going to this contest, Kubrat Pulev had last fought 3 years, 8 months and 30 days ago, while Hughie Fury's last outing had been 10 months and 20 days ago.
Pulev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Fury's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 4 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 36 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.2 rounds on average.
What time did Pulev vs Fury start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:15 pm UTC at Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria, which was 4:15 pm EST or 1:15 pm PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:15 pm BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Pulev vs Fury?
Pulev vs Fury was broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.