Tua vs. Ustinov
Hamilton City, Claudelands Showgrounds: Ringside: Chants of Tua! Tua go up! The ring announcer gets an A plus for animation. Never quite seen or heard a ring announcer throw himself around the ring with so much vigour and enthusiasm in introducing fighters. Fair to say he is an excitable type of chap.
Alexander Ustinov ring walk: All you can really say about the man is he is one very big piece of humanity. His ring walk music of the Russian variety is music not often heard in this part of the world. He leaps the top rope of the ring with ease and that impressed the hell out of the crowd. At 6ft 8 and 139 kilograms (according to ring announcer) his immensity makes him a proposition for the sheer fact of his immensity – he carries no excess weight and appears in exceptional condition. Continue reading
Moments ago in New Zealand, Russia’s Alexander Ustinov won a wide 12-round decision over Samoan slugger David Tua. The one-sided nature of the fight surprised many and after the 12 rounds were complete there was only one winner. Ustinov won by scores of 119-110, 119-109 and 119-108.
Tua, in good physical condition, tried his best but the bigger, taller man controlled the action with his superior reach and Ustinov was also way busier. Afterwards, Tua announced his retirement from boxing. Ustinov, who improved to 29-1(21) is now looking for a big fight, maybe even a title shot being a possibility.
So we say goodbye to the 40-year-old Tua, who walks away with a 52-5-2(43) record. A major force in the heavyweight division in the 1990s and 2000s, Tua burst onto the scene with a chilling KO over John Ruiz. Continue reading
Hamilton New Zealand was the scene of a battle of differing proportions—6’8” Belarussian Alexander Ustinov squared off against Kiwi Samoan 5’9” David Tua who also gave up 50 lbs in weight.
Round One: Feeling out round. Ustinov controls the action, with Tua backing up.
Round Two: Round is Ustinov’s but Tua is more aggressive and loosening up his left hook.
Round Three: Ustinov’s round. He continues to keep his left low but Tua won’t throw a right hand. Tua mostly missing with his left hook, but connects with a few. Continue reading
The David Tua-Alexander Ustinov heavyweight clash, a big deal in New Zealand but in truth nowhere else, will see a Tua who has gotten himself in his best physical condition for some time. Tipping-in at a trim and solid 236-pounds – to giant Ustinov’s 292 – Tua knows he will have to retire if he loses.
Now in his forties, the Samoan powerhouse is coming off a points loss to Monte Barrett. The real carrot for Tua in this fight is the vague possibility of a shot at Wladimir Klitschko should he get the job done in style. But can Tua, even an in-shape version, get inside on the much taller Ustinov and detonate his bombs? A true David Vs. Goliath showdown, this fight could be lively, or it could go the other way and be a dull affair. If Ustinov uses his height, reach and strength and is content to jab and then tie Tua up, how will the much shorter man be able to cope? Continue reading
David Tua ( 52-4-2) and world ranked Alexander Ustinov (28-1) clash on Saturday 16th November at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, New Zealand.
David Tua whose latter career has been punctuated with weight problems had reportedly blown out to 348 pounds before starting to train for this fight.
Originally the pair were meant to meet on August 31st but a grade one calf tear sustained by Tua in training caused promoters to amend the fight to its current date.
The extra training time has served Tua well. Tua’s appearance in August is remarkably different to the physical constitution he is sporting in the lead up to this weekend’s fight. Continue reading
New date for the battle between Belarusian giant Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21 KOs) and the renowned Samoan veteran David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs ) is officially confirmed. Tua vs Ustinov will be held on November 16 in Hamilton, New Zealand. The initial meeting was set back in August, but the fight was postponed due to a Tua injury. “After the cancellation I went back to my usual training in Minsk. I had more time to even better prepare for my opponent. Now I have even more confidence and I am ready for a meeting with Tua,” – said Alexander Ustinov.
“Yesterday our partners from Duco Events have sent us a medical conclusion that David Tua is fully recovered from the injury. Thus, there is no doubt that the fight will take place on November 16 in New Zealand. This will be a battle of two heavyweights that have different physical characteristics, mental abilities, technics, and lives in different parts of the Earth. Ustinov spent 3 weeks in New Zealand in August, sparred and engaged in promotion of the fight. During this time he has gained a lot of fans who are looking forward to this fight. We will make everything possible to broadcast Ustinov vs Tua fight live for the boxing fans in Ukraine and Russia,”- said Ustinov promoter from K2 Promotions Alexander Krassyuk.
DAVID Tua’s shot at redemption via the Hydr8 ZERO David vs Goliath blockbuster bout against Belarusian heavyweight Alexander Ustinov has been postponed until Saturday November 16.
It was thought that the fight – originally slated for Claudelands Arena on August 31 – would be put back to late September after the Tuamanator picked up a minor grade 1 calf muscle injury last week. Continue reading
New Zealand based heavyweight David Tua (52-4-2) will make a call on his injured calf. That call is expected today and will be aided by an expert medical assessment that will determine whether his August 31st bout with Alexander Ustinov (28-1-0) goes ahead.
Ustinov when informed of the news was nonchalant, taking the news well in accepting injuries and boxing go hand in hand and there is little he can do about an injury to an opponent.
David Higgins of Duco the events promoters was equally as pragmatic in stating ‘if David Tua needs time to heal, then we will postpone the fight for, at the most, four weeks from the original fight date” Continue reading
THE highly anticipated heavyweight clash between David Tua and Alexander Ustinov has not yet been postponed, promoter David Higgins said today.
Tua, who is slated to fight the giant Russian in their Hyrd8ZERO David vs Goliath blockbuster at Claudelands’ Arena on August 31, suffered a minor calf strain while training.
The initial professional advice from Team Tua’s doctor is that it is a Grade One tear – the least serious of muscle strains.
Mr Higgins – whose company Duco Events is promoting the Hyrd8ZERO David vs Goliath show – said Tua will continue to be accessed over the next few days. Continue reading
David Tua (52-4-2) is in training to fight the gigantic Russian Alexander Ustinov (28-1). The IBF has Ustinov ranked at seven the WBA ten. Tua’s career is on last chance lane a decade removed from fighting a world class opponent in Hasim Rahman. Tua’s much storied litigation against former manager Kevin Barry put his career on hold and he has only managed to pull the pig skins on twelve times in the last decade and that intermittency – it goes without saying – has not served his career well.
With Tua’s mental space preoccupied with both his legal mire and the following financial hole he has found himself in his focus has been askew.
Over the years Tua has offered philosophical assurances that he is back and ready to fight, but that sentiment was only evident in totality in 2009 when he blew Shane Cameron out of the water in two destructive rounds. Continue reading