Pulev, Sauerland extend promotional deal

Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev and promoter Sauerland Event have agreed to a contract extension, they announced on Wednesday.

The deal comes three months after then-mandatory challenger Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs), 33, of Bulgaria, was brutalized for four knockdowns in a fifth-round knockout loss (the 2014 ESPN.com knockout of the year) to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Nov. 15 in Hamburg, Germany.

“Kubrat remains one of the best heavyweights in world and we’re delighted that he has decided to extend his contract,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “The fight against Klitschko may have come a little too early after only 20 professional bouts but will prove to be a huge learning experience for him. I’m confident he will return better and stronger than ever. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a second shot at the world title, and this time he will take it.”

Said Pulev, “I’m very happy to extend my agreement with Team Sauerland. With their support I will be able to get back to my best. Together we will conquer the world.”

There is no set date for Pulev’s return, but he is now working with famed German trainer Ulli Wegner.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mr. Wegner,” Pulev said. “He is one of the best in the business, and his experience will be priceless in my quest to become world champion.”