Bloody Kubrat Pulev Knocks Out Dinu in Heavyweight Comeback Thriller

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Costa Mesa, CA (March 24th, 2019)– A bloody number one ranked International Boxing Federation heavyweight contender Kubrat ‘The Cobra’ Pulev, bleeding a horrible Y-shaped cut off the corner of the left eye from an overhand right hand which got through in round three, decked a game but outmatched Bogdan Dinu three times in the seventh round and knocked him out in a comeback thriller, in the ESPN main event from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California, on Friday night, March 23, 2019.

Pulev, 27-1 with 14 knockouts, age 37, Sofia, Bulgaria, making his American debut, went behind on the scorecards after the eye cut, and was placed in a desperation position of going for a knockout to prevent the bout from possibly being stopped.

Pulev almost got disqualified or had his bout go to the cards, when he accidentally threw two additional punches with Dinu doubled over going down for the first time in a corner in round seven. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. took a point away from Pulev. Dinu was given recovery time, and opted to get up and continue, after being checked by the ring doctor. Dinu’s issue was Pulev, whose left cut was masterfully controlled by noted cutman Rudy Hernandez, kept timing Dinu with the right hand. Dinu went down a second time, and barely beat the count at nine.

Pulev, timing the right hand masterfully over the top of Dinu’s defense, cut off the ring, had Dinu on the ropes and not moving, and sent Dinu down to the canvas for the third time, and out at 1:40 of round seven in a vicious display of superior boxing skill. This was an optional fight the number one contender did not need, and the count was waived after the final overhand right shot sent Dinu down and out into dreamland. Dinu, 18-2 with 14 knockouts, Bucharest, Romania, who also lost to Pulev in the amateurs, who got knocked out by Jarrell Miller last November in the fourth round after taking the bout on short notice, did not use the short notice excuse this itme.

Dinu had no excuses for this losing bout. Dinu claimed he was well prepared. Dinu was simply outclassed by the better boxer. Pulev took this dangerous optional bout, and risked everything in his quest to get a second shot at a share of the world heavyweight title by putting his number one worldwide IBF heavyweight ranking on the line. The California fans at ringside were clearly pro-Pulev, making Pulev’s American journey worthwhile.

In the post-fight interview, Pulev explained in broken English (in part) “Sometimes when things aren’t good in a fight), you have to come back. You understand what I mean? I feel very good. I (was) just fighting. Not so big problem this cut. The cut not a problem. Sometimes blood moves me (inspires) me on. I think it was very good boxing, I showed good punching, good strategy, (and) we do it very very well prepared.”

Result: Kubrat Pulev KO 7 Bogdan Dinu, Heavyweights (1:40)
Referee: Raul Caiz Jr.

Dinu down three times in seventh round. Referee waved off the count off after the third knockdown. California rules KO. Pulev ahead 58-56 on one scorecard, 57-57, 57-57 draw onb the other two scorecards going into round seven. Pulev lost one point in round seven after the first knockdown after accidentally throwing two punches after Dinu was bend over going down in a corner.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at