Pulev believes Hearn and Joshua are overlooking him
When Pulev fought Klitschko with the IBF belt on the line, 1.8 million people from Bulgaria tuned in.
It will be a similar situation on Saturday and ‘The Cobra’ believes becoming his country’s first world heavyweight champion would raise his profile to the level of footballing great Hristo Stoichkov, who he declares a good friend.
“He is my friend, Stoichkov,” Pulev said. “He is a good man and a very good guy.
“I know most of the famous people in Bulgaria. He is a good friend because we have one restaurant and he lives near the restaurant and every time when he is in Bulgaria, he calls me and we sit and eat together, joke together.”
Pulev declared himself ready to fight 20 rounds if needed after training in mountains 2,300 metres above sea level and is sporting a more slender physique than usual.
A rematch clause is in place were he to shock Joshua in front of 1,000 fans, but he does not expect it to be exercised.
“When I win now, and a good win so I mean a clean win, maybe he doesn’t want it,” Pulev concluded.
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