Alexander Ustinov to compete for WBA 'regular' heavyweight titleWritten by Lee Cleveland
According to BoxingScene.com, Russian heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24KOs) will fight for the WBA's "regular" title on February 25th at a location to be determined.
His opponent will be either Shannon Briggs or Fres Oquendo, according to Ustinov's manager.
Of course, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko are fighting for the WBA's "super" title on April 29th.
The 6'7½"/ 202cm Ustinov last fought in December 2015, defeating Konstantin Airich (then 22-14-2) via a 5th Round KO.
Ustinov's resume isn't exactly comprised of a 'who's who' of the heavyweight division.
Travis Walker (then 39-13-1)
Chauncy Welliver (then 55-9-5)
Jason Gavern (then 21-9-4)
Monte Barrett (then 34-8)
His biggest win came in 2013 when he outpointed a past-his-prime David Tua.
Now 40, Ustinov's only defeat was at the hands of Kubrat Pulev in September 2012. Pulev, well ahead on all three judges' cards, stopped Ustinov in Round 11.
Regarding "champions," can it get any worse WBA?
Super champions, regular champions... yada yada yada champions.
For all intents and purposes, this is not a legitimate title fight. The real WBA title will be at-stake when Klitschko faces Joshua.
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