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Fight Scribe

@ Stefano – watch the fight slowly. Ustinov does indeed have a jab. NOt the best jab in the business but a jab nevertheless and all he has to do is range find with it in looking to marry it up with a right hand.

Posted August 12, 2013 9:30 pm 

Fight Scribe

30 days I mean ;)

Posted August 12, 2013 9:28 pm 

Fight Scribe

KL – word is on the street is that Tua is angling – hence the injury delay – toward an extra month of training to get in better shape. A lot of training can be done in 30 months.

Posted August 12, 2013 9:28 pm 


Rod, Ustinov couldn’t handle Pulev’s speed………Wilder is faster and lands more power, I can’t see Ustinov lasting more than 2-3 rounds against Wilder.

Posted August 12, 2013 1:09 pm 


I would love to see wilder take on Ustinov. He is around the same height but would give 70 pounds in weight. Still I would pick wilder to win. Too much power and speed but it would be a great fight.

Posted August 12, 2013 12:34 pm 


Ustinov wil crush tua. Jab jab hung lean. After a few rounds it will be all over for exhausted Tua. You need movement to beat a big guy like Ustinov which is something tua has never had.

Posted August 12, 2013 12:32 pm 


Fight Scribe you ask “you don’t think a fit Tua is entitled one last dig at a HW title shot?” If you watch the video of the press conference then you can see that Tua isn’t close to being in good shape.
As for being “entitled” to a title shot, well what’s he done in the last 4 years that makes his case?……..not much.
And by picking Ustinov, who is not a true top tenner, only the IBF have him as top ten (7) all other bodies have Ustinov outside their top 15, and box rec rate him a lowly 32 but as usual one sanctioning bodies weird selections in the top ten, Tua is definitely wants to go via a week route towards the title shot…….his next opponent if he gets past Ustinov is suppose to be Povo Pudar…….yep him…….bizarrely ranked no.7 by the WBA …… rec more accurately put Pudar at 49!

Posted August 12, 2013 11:18 am 


A faded out of shape Tua vs a slow lumbering giant …….who really cares about this fight. Tua is no longer making waves in the division……and Ustinov never did make any waves…….I also suspect that Ustinov doesn’t get too many offers from other top boxers to be sparring partners…….
note that Haye has asked Wilder to spar with him again for his fight with Fury…….I don’t think he’ll be asking Ustinov even if he were free to do so!

Posted August 12, 2013 11:00 am 

mr Gav

Tua will have a punchers chance at the very least

Posted August 12, 2013 10:15 am 


@ fight scribe

Ustinov doesn’t have a jab. I watched his fight with Pulev and he stretches his left arm and runs forward, one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in the ring.

This matchup is pathetic anyway. A terrible fighter vs someone who hasn’t got anything left but his name. And the winner of this would be a step closer to fighting a Klitschko I think? Just sad

Posted August 12, 2013 9:22 am 

ray gordon reid


Posted August 12, 2013 8:17 am 


Tua much like James Toney . . . . It’s OVER

Posted August 12, 2013 7:40 am 


this is dissapointing this is. im starting to have my doughts about tua now.

Posted August 12, 2013 7:38 am 

Swedish Boxing Fan

Its sad that David “Tuaman” Tua never became that classic heavyweight opponent. I mean he could and was there at the top ranks for a long time back in his best days but after he left boxing in 2003, he was gone for over 2 years from the ring, fell in the ranks and when he came back in 2005, David Tua was never the same fighter again. Of at least possible 3 world title challanges oppertunity’s he have only challanged for the world heavyweight title 1 TIME and that was back in 2000 against Lennox Lewis and that time Tua was out-boxed. Tua threw away lots of his full potential and fame recognition by his career decisions after 2003 and yeah, Tua haven’t been a real deal sence then so he should retire now as he failed to defeat Monte Barrett and was knocked down for first time as well and Barrett was in his turn a past one himself.

Posted August 12, 2013 7:34 am 

ray gordon reid

tua quit

Posted August 12, 2013 7:30 am 

Foreman Doorman

@ Chauncy – I think you’re right, Tua doesn’t look in shape but he has an uncanny knack of turning out turns of phrase that make his fans – me included – believe that he is doing the hard work and is in shape but again it doesn’t seemed to have transferred to his physical appearance and to be frank I am getting sick of seeing a substandard David Tua turning up year in year out and you would have thought that after a decade of mediocrity he would have learned his lesson. He really is testing the patience of we faithful Tuaminator fans.

Posted August 12, 2013 6:34 am 


there you go.

Posted August 12, 2013 6:15 am 


Wilder should step in and fight Ustinov, if he KO’s him he KO’s anyone.

Posted August 12, 2013 5:52 am 


I am in camp with Pulev right now and he said this is a 50/50 fight but if he had to choose a winner, he’d choose Tua. Should be a good match up. Ustinov not very fast and not sure if his power will be effective with Tua. The biggest questions remain to be Ustinovs chin and David being in shape. Dave don’t look in shape, but I hope this injury is just an excuse to get him one more month fit.

Posted August 12, 2013 5:38 am 


I can see Ustinov trying to lean on Tua and tire him out with all his weight on him. That is exactly what Fury was able to do to Cunningham and that had a significant effect on Cunningham’s decreasing stamina towards the end of the fight. And Cunningham was built like a tank. Refs need to take points away from big Heavyweights who continuously do that bull—t. I mean, if Amir can be deducted points for “pushing off”, why the heck can’t an uncoordinated HW be deducted for tying up a guy and pushing down on him with his body weight? Guys like Fury are getting away w/murder when they do that crap.

Posted August 12, 2013 1:29 am 

Fight Scribe

@ Diehard – watch the Ustinov V Pulev fight. Ustinov throws the jab (and by no means is it a Lennox Lewis or Larry Holmes jab) looking to set up the right hand and sure Pulev wears him down and gets him out of there but you have to remember Pulev moves better then Tua and at 6ft 5 is a good deal taller. But in the early rounds the jab worked welled for Ustinov and often stifled him in coming forward…until Ustinov started running on E. Re ‘and will lean on Tua all nite’…to lean on Tua means to stand in the pocket and be hittable either coming in or going out and that would totally nullify his massive height and reach advantage. I don’t think leaning on Tua because of the sheer risk factor of being hittable by Tua is a good game plan in fighting Tua at all.

Posted August 12, 2013 12:55 am 


Tua is in good shape now. But with the calf injury, it’ll set him back as he’s only had one week of sparring.

The author must not have seen Ustinov fight. He does NOT have a jab, and depends on his size and fighting abilities to win. He’s not that good, but big, and will lean on Tua all nite. He also has a good right hand.

Posted August 11, 2013 11:57 pm 


I remember back in the day when tua was a monster! In top shape he can crush anyone w that left hook! But at 41 can he get himself in shape and does he still have any kind of skills left?

Posted August 11, 2013 11:53 pm 


Maybe you could tell David yourself John …..

Posted August 11, 2013 11:41 pm 

Fight Scribe

John – you don’t think a fit Tua is entitled one last dig at a HW title shot?

Posted August 11, 2013 11:39 pm 

John Digby

I’ll make a call on Tua – RETIRE

Posted August 11, 2013 11:33 pm 

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