Kubrat Pulev turned down taking part of the long-awaited match for the world boxing cup in heavyweight category with his opponent Anthony Joshua. The fight was supposed to take place on 28 October in front of 80k spectators at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The reason why the loved Bulgarian boxer refused to go through with the fight is an injury during training.

Torn pectoral muscle leading to his right armpit. This is what the medics have concluded after his echograph check up in a Berlin clinic. This kind of trauma takes a minimum of a month to heal. Pulev felt strong pain in his strong right hand during sparing with a partner in his camp in the German capital. Kubrat and his team decided to try to take it easy on the right hand but his condition worsened and the lack of proper training forced him to release a statement saying that he will not be getting in the ring in Wales.

“We tried everything. Unfortunately my condition is not letting me be ready for the fight in Cardiff. The only right decision is to cancel this match because there is a huge risk of complications and I am not willing to take it.” says The Cobra being faced with physiotherapy, rest and medical treatment.