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Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev 2: What to expect in the rematch from 6 years ago

Just over six years ago, we were all treated to a boxing clash that saw Kubrat Pulev come out victorious against Derek Chisora via a split decision.

However, we are now able to relive that encounter once again as the rematch has been set and will take place on July 9!

We will take a look at everything you need to know about this upcoming fight, including all the key details, while also taking a look at what had happened in the first encounter between these two extremely experienced boxers.

When and where does Chisora vs. Pulev 2 take place?

This heavyweight boxing rematch will take place on July 9 at the famous O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. The contest will see Chisora as the hometown fighter, and he will be hoping the crowd can help him out on the night.

The event is scheduled to take place at 16:00 EST, thus giving fight fans based in Miami the opportunity to see two experienced heavyweights go toe-to-toe in a bout that has been scheduled to take place over 12 three-minute rounds.

Are there any other fights on the fight card?

As it stands, there is only one other fight to have been scheduled on the Chisora vs Pulev 2 fight card. This is also a rematch, with Israil Madrimov going up against Michel Soro in a fight that had previously ended in controversy.

Mardimov had managed to win the previous encounter to go 8-0-0 just five months ago, however there are many who were unhappy with the circumstances regarding the stoppage to have happened.

Chisora and Pulev form guide

Naturally, there will be many that will be looking at the form card when it comes to the fight between Chisora and Pulev, as this could be a good indicator as to who could potentially come out of the squared circle with their hand held high.

Chisora does come into the contest in poor form, though, as he has lost his last three bouts. This is perhaps why he will need the home crowd right behind him. Known as “War” he was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk and Joseph Parker by decision in each of the three contests that took his record to 32-12-0.

Pulev did manage to win his last bout, as he defeated Jerry Forrest by unanimous decision just weeks ago to extend his record to 29-2-0. This is perhaps why he is considered to be the favorite according to the boxing betting odds that are available to utilize. Indeed, the Bulgarian has been priced at -250, whereas Chisora has been priced at +200 to come out victorious.

What happened the last time these two behemoths met in the ring?

As we mentioned above, this rematch between these two heavyweight fighters follows on from an encounter that took place six years ago, back on May 7, 2016. This fight had taken place in Hamburg, Germany, and was for the then-vacant EBU European Heavyweight Championship.

Pulev managed to take the win on that particular night as he was declared the winner after 12 rounds of boxing by split decision, thus subsequently becoming the title holder.

With a lot of boxing to have taken place since then for both fighters, many will be wondering about what to expect when these two men clash inside the ring for a second time.

Both fighters are still extremely powerful punchers, and they will be dangerous to one another if they are able to land the punches that they throw. However, it would not be a surprise if we were to see this contest go the full distance and result in a decision.

Chisora’s last three fights – all of which have been defeats – ended in decisions as he went the distance, while Pulev managed to win his last match via decision, too. Nonetheless, both men know they have the ability to end a contest in the early stages, too.

Final Thoughts

While there are only two fights scheduled on the card for this upcoming event, there is no denying that both of these rematches are going to have fans extremely excited. Indeed, the Chisora vs. Pulev contest is the main bout, and one that is going to have many boxing enthusiasts excited once it comes around!