Top Rank help a press conference to announce their co-promotional pact with former heavyweight world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (26-1, 13 KOs), who is also handled by Epic Sports. (photos by Mikey Williams).

Pulev, 37-years-old, is currently mandatory challenger to International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs).

Back in October, Pulev won a final eliminator with a twelve round unanimous decision over Hughie Fury in Bulgaria. That contest was carried in the United States by ESPN+ - and the network has an exclusive deal with Top Rank.

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Pulev was scheduled to face Joshua in October 2017, but he suffered an injury which forced him to withdraw a few short weeks before the fight. Pulev ws replaced by Carlo Takam, who Joshua stopped in the tenth round.

Top Rank is planning to have Pulev in the ring in the first quarter of 2019, likely on a date in March.

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