KUBRAT PULEV suffered TWO gruesome cuts in his grueling defeat to Derek Chisora.
The Bulgarian, who initially beat Chisora in 2014, was on the receiving end of a set-piece in the visitors’ corner this time.
But he proved value for money as his rematch with Chisora well and truly lived up to his “Total Carnage” billing.
Pulev found himself bleeding from around his left eye around the seventh round as the roughing up tactic played its part.
However, disaster struck in the tenth when the former world title challenger suffered another gash, this time on his right side.
A bloodied Pulev fought on as he helped film the thriller at the O2 Arena.
But after 12 hard-fought rounds, it was Chisora who got two of the three judges’ nods.
He then said, “The last time I won a fight was three years ago…
“I’m happy today, but I’m sad at the same time. I don’t have much left in me, but what I have, I’ll give you everything.”
“I don’t have much left, so my next couple of matches… I’m on my way out. I don’t want any easy matches, I want the tough ones.”
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“I told Eddie Hearn one day if he could get me a bronze bomber I would be happy.
“I want to fight everybody in my era. Win or lose, I just want to fight. I needed to win, I’ve lost so many fights on the road.”
“What a great way to win it, I’m buzzing right now, you don’t understand. It feels great to be the winner.”
According to CompuBox, Chisora threw a total of 526 punches, but Pulev was actually busier with 796.
The Londoner also landed a LESS of 171 compared to Puleva’s 200.
But Chisora was more accurate, connecting on 33 percent of his shots compared to Pulev’s 25 percent.