IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) lumbered to a ten round unanimous decision over Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
The 38-year-old Pulev pressed the action, but he didn’t come close to getting a stoppage against Booker, who was carrying a lot of excess weight. Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Pulev is the IBF mandatory challenger for the winner of the Ruiz-Joshua rematch.
“It’s been eight months from my last fight,” said Pulev. “I think my opponent was not bad. I respect him. It was a very nice fight…I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz!”