Some things you didn’t know about Anthony Joshua’s upcoming challenger, Kubrat Pulev
Age you started boxing:
I started boxing at the age of 13 and had my first amateur bout a year later, winning the City-Trophy Sofia at 48kgs for being the best technical boxer.
Favourite all-time fighter:
My father, Venkov Pulev, who was the Bulgarian heavyweight champion as an amateur.
First boxing memory:
Sparring my brother, [2012 Olympic heavyweight bronze medallist and current unbeaten pro cruiserweight] Tervel Pulev, who is two years younger than me.
Best attributes as a boxer:
I always stay fit and have a healthy lifestyle, as I train a lot and have a special diet as a boxer.
Best fight you’ve seen:
The WBC heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko from 2003 [declared a sixth-round stoppage victory for Lewis after a badly cut Klitschko was unable to continue].
Last time you cried:
The last time I cried was when I was preparing a meal and chopping onions!
Last film you saw:
I watched The Wolf of Wall Street not too long ago.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
I’d probably pick Russell Crowe.
Best friends in boxing:
[Pro middleweight] Marcos Nader and my brother, Tervel.
Which other sportsman would you like to be:
Lionel Messi is a fantastic football player.
Boxing was always my dream. I’ve never had any other jobs on my mind.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given:
It’s more of a blessing to give rather than to receive.
What’s the worst thing you’ve read about yourself:
That somebody had knocked me unconscious and hospitalised me.
Something not many people know about you:
I’m a superb kart racer.