Six years after their first meeting, Derek Chisora and Kubrat Pulev lock horns for the second time when they fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday July 9. Who will win this time? Read here our betting preview for Chisora vs Pulev, alongside betting tips, the best odds currently available to back, bonus codes and free bets.
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When is & How to watch Chisora vs Pulev
Chisora vs Pulev takes place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 9 July.
The main card is set to get underway at 7 p.m. BST. while the main-event ring walks likely to start at 11pm BST.
As ever those timings are subject to change, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
The card, including the main event Chisora vs Pulev, will air exclusively on streaming platform DAZN.
What happened in the first fight?
These two heavyweights clashed back in May 2016 with the EBU title at stake. They squared off in Hamburg, with Bulgarian Pulev coming out on top – courtesy of a split decision.
The Bulgarian handled Chisora’s big shots by holding his guard tight and high. Fought behind his jab, had great timing with countershots, and used his reach advantage.
Chisora and Pulev will renew their fierce rivalry as highlighted when they had to be pulled apart by security during their final face-off before their fight on Saturday night.
Dereck Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev: Betting Preview
Dereck 'War' Chisora (32-12, 23 KOs) has fought no fewer than 13 times since the first fight against Pulev, defying expectations over a potential retirement. 'Del Boy', who turns 39 in December, has suffered three straight points defeats. He lost to Oleksandr Usyk in 2020, before back-to-back defeats against Joseph Parker last year made it 12 losses in 44 fights for the Zimbabwe born fighter. Chisora is known for his power and aggressive style but he hasn’t managed a stoppage since beating David Price in 2019. Furthermore he does tend to tire in the latter stages of his fights
Kubrat 'The Cobra' Pulev (29-2, 14 KOs) fought Anthony Joshua in December 2020 for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles and suffered his second defeat out of 29 fights. The first loss came against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014. The Bulgarian veteran, who recently turned 41, bounced back from his 2020 devastating loss to Joshua by outpointing Jerry Forrest by unanimous decision in May. Pulev isn't known for his power, he hasn't had a knockout in over three years.
Chisora vs Pulev Betting Odds
Kubrat Pulev won their first meeting in 2016 via split decision, and is 11/8 to win by the same method on Saturday, while he is just 2/5 favourite with Ladbrokes to come out on top once again.
Chisora is the betting underdog, priced at 21/10 despite fighting in his home city, while the odds for a draw are fairly low at 18/1 with William Hill.
Derek Chisora vs Kubrat Pulev Betting Tips
Derck Chisora has always been an explosive heavyweight but at 38 he no longer has the ability to come up with those moments in the later rounds. In the other corner, despite his advancing years, the Kubrat Pulev remains a highly durable and tough man to stop.
We will surely see Chisora chasing Pulev around the ring, trying to cut him off, and then get on the inside to land big shots. 'War' has a disadvantage in height and reach. But he does have the power to hurt Pulev.
If the Bulgarian can avoid getting drawn in a slug fest, he could have the edge in later rounds and score a decision win. He is very skilled on the outside, and with his long jab and sniping right hand hitting the Brit, it will be tough to get on the inside.
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Chisora vs. Pulev 2 fight card
- [MAIN EVENT] Derek Chisora vs. Kubrat Pulev; Heavyweight
- Israil Madrimov vs. Michel Soro; Super welterweight
- Fabio Wardley vs. TBC; Heavyweight
- Felix Cash vs. Vaughn Alexander; WBA international middleweight title
- Caoimhin Agyarko vs. Lukasz Maciec; WBA international super welterweight title
- Ramla Ali vs. Augustina Marisa Rojas; Super bantamweight
- Solomon Dacres vs. Kevin Espinolda; Heavyweight
- Yousuf Ibrahim vs. Fran Rodriguez; Super bantamweight