Friday, 28 April 2017
Pulev outworks Johnson in Sofia.
In a battle of former world heavyweight title challengers, IBF number 1 contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson (30-8-1, 14 KOs) over 12 tonight at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Johnson managed to frustrate Pulev with the jab for the first half of the bout, but as soon as Pulev found range, Johnson appeared to lose his way, sitting on the ropes , allowing the Bulgarian to tee off at will.. By round 10 Kevin looked completely exhausted, allowing Kubrat to take full advantage, closing the remainder of the fight impressively.. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 119-109.
This makes it Pulev's fifth straight victory, while the previously retired Johnson has now lost seven of his last nine. The WBA inter-continental heavyweight championship was on the line and a possible shot at Saturdays winner in a London.