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.
A world title win looked to be Tua’s future yet he lost his one and only shot via lopsided decision to the great Lennox Lewis. Still, Tua made his mark on world boxing, his crushing KO’s over Ruiz, Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman, and his fantastic war with Ike Ibeabuchi thrilling millions of fans.
Tua may go down in history as one of the best heavyweights never to have won a world title.