Advertisement
Advertisement

David Tua Promises Top Form For Ustinov Showdown

New Zealand heavyweight David Tua says he has shaken off a calf muscle injury and will fight at a trimmed-down weight against Belarusian Alexander Ustinov next month.

Tua is confident the bout in Hamilton on November 16 will see him at his lightest fighting weight since tipping the scales at 107kg ahead of his win over compatriot Shane Cameron in 2009.

He was heavier for subsequent fights against Nigerian Friday Ahunanya and Americans Demetrice King and Monte Barrett (twice) but says he has trained hard and should weigh between 105kg and 110kg against Ustinov.

"Physically I am in a great space right now," he said.

"There is still a bit of work to be done. I can't get too relaxed. The key now is to stay focused."

Tua was scheduled to fight Ustinov in August before sustaining the calf injury.

He says he has fully recovered and the extra time to prepare has proven valuable.

An Olympic bronze medallist in 1990, 40-year-old Tua boasts a professional career record of 52 wins from 58 fights, including 43 knockouts.

There have been two draws and four losses, which includes his last fight, more than two years ago when Barrett won a unanimous points decision in Auckland.

The 2m tall Ustinov, 36, has lost just once in 29 fights and has knocked out 21 opponents.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by moonshineman on 10-22-2013

I understand Tua and Mosley need money, but they are a shadow of what they were in the past. They are on the senior's tour.

Comment by taansend on 10-22-2013

[QUOTE=Earl Hickey;13864181]He hasn't been in "top form" since 1996[/QUOTE] That's not fair, mate. He was a top contender up until around 2001 or so.

Comment by Tobi.G on 10-22-2013

[QUOTE=Earl Hickey;13864181]He hasn't been in "top form" since 1996[/QUOTE] Complete Bull****!

Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 10-22-2013

He hasn't been in "top form" since 1996

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Hedi Taouab, Legendary Matchmaker Passes Away at 68 Manny Pacquiao Declines Opportunity To Fight in Rio Olympics Photos: Wladimir Klitschko Putting in Work for Tyson Fury Rematch Photos: Tony Bellew, Ilunga Makabu Go Face To Face at Presser Roy Jones Jr. Backs Countryman Povetkin, Says He's Not To Blame Willie Limond Hopes To Land Ricky Burns Showdown Tony Bellew: I'll Show Makabu That I'm The Real Cruiserweight Nonito Donaire Headed To Jessie Magdaleno Clash Next? Shields: Canelo Running From Golovkin; Won't Face Jermall Charlo Eubank Jr: Canelo a Mexican Warrior? That Was Embarrassing! David Price Aims To Land Anthony Joshua Shot in The Fall Photos: Casimero, With Tyson and Jones at Ringside, Gets Revenge Di Rocco Warns Ricky Burns That Layoff Made Him 'More Hungry' Groves Plans To Get Martin Murray a Beer After Beating Him Kenny Lemos Inks Promotional Pact With Under Dawgs Boxing Chavez Jr. Advises Canelo To Demand '158' For Golovkin Bout Shakeup: John Riel Casimero Gives Flyweight a Fresh Spark Chris Blaney Inks Promotional Pact With Ricky Hatton Deontay Wilder Wants WBC To Rule on Povetkin Sooner Than Later Gutierrez Vows That Rosado Won't Make it To Chavez Jr. Fight Damon Allen Batters, Stops Danny Montoya in Three Rounds Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Had No Intention To Do The Fight! Mike Tyson: You Can't Call Tyson Fury a Bum After Klitschko Win Photos: Francisco Vargas Throws Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game Showtime Sues Top Rank: Mayweather-Pacquiao Legal Fee Dispute Fernando Montiel Not Looking To Retire, Plans To Fight Again Tony Bellew Gets Celebrity Backing as He Enters Makabu Fight Mike Tyson Lands Role in Reboot of The Kickboxer Franchise Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next Roach: Pacquiao Can Return For Canelo, But Floyd is Bigger Draw Hassan N'Dam vs. Swierzbinski, Amar-Demchenko Will Go Ahead Agit Kabayel Helping Tyson Fury Prepare For Klitschko Rematch Casimero is Ready, Wants Roman Gonzalez Unification Next Fortune To McGregor: Forget Mayweather, Shut Up F***ing Yapper! Povetkin's Promoter Embraces WBC Ruling on Deontay Wilder Mike Tyson: Foolish Plan, But Olympic Amateurs Might Beat Pros
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement