Boxing – Derek Chisora v Kubrat Pulev – The O2, London, Britain – July 9, 2022 Derek Chisora in action against Kubrat Pulev Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
LONDON – Zimbabwean-born British heavyweight Derek Chisora beat Kubrat Pulev on a split decision on Saturday to avenge his 2016 loss to the Bulgarian and revive his career after three straight defeats.
The 38-year-old veteran and former WBC title challenger won 116-112 116-114 and 112-116 on the three judges’ scorecards at London’s 02 Arena and in front of a crowd of some 7,000 spectators.
The fight was for the vacant WBA International title, a belt that sounds impressive but ranks far below a world title.
The defeat was 41-year-old Pulev’s third in 32 professional fights, the other two coming in world heavyweight title bouts against Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Britain’s Anthony Joshua.