Originally Posted by Joe_MacKenzie
According to reports on various internet sites, it will be Alexander Dimitrenko vs. Kubrat Pulev for the vacant European Heavyweight Title. The title became vacant because Robert Helenius will be unable to defend it for many months because of his upcoming surgery.
The EBU has set the purse bids for Jan 30.
This is an interesting matchup. Let's hope Dimitrenko will have the courage to go through with it.
I like this match up. Dimitrekno is a bit of an under achiever, and does not have enough toughness to win hard matches. However, he is a skilled super heavyweight, with very good power. If he losses this match, he won't get a chance at a title match anytime soon.
Pulev is very skilled. He's big, throws accurate ( but not KO type ) of punches, and is mobile. But I get the sense he's the type of fighter who will have issues keeping a bigger / stronger man off him if
the bigger, stronger man starts landing. Can Pulev adapt in a key fight?
The winner here has earned a shot at either Klitschko.
I favor Pulev by a small margin.