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Tua vs. Ustinov Agreement is Reached For August 31

By Liam Napier

David Tua is expected to make his comeback against Russian-born giant Alexander Ustinov.

Sunday News understands a deal has just been signed off for the 36-year-old Ustinov - ranked 10th in the WBA and seventh in the IBF - to fight Tua in New Zealand on August 31. An announcement is expected this week.

The 2.2-metre Ustinov, who now resides in Belarus, a country tainted with doping history, holds a credible 28-1 record with 21 knockouts.

His only loss came against Kubrat Pulev last year.

Duco Events had previously agreed terms for Tua to fight Luis Ortiz, only for the undefeated Cuban to double his asking price to $200,000 at the last minute, which saw the contract fall through.

Ustinov beat American gatekeeper Monte Barrett, the only man to knock down Tua, with a unanimous point's victory in 2009.

He also holds a 53-9 kickboxing record and fought once in New Zealand.

The 40-year-old Tua has been attempting to lose weight and get in shape to fight for the first time since losing to Barrett two years ago in Auckland.

Ustinov could prove problematic for Tua. With a history of having trouble against taller fighters, he will be giving up 24cm in height.

Duco promoter David Higgins was coy when pressed by yesterday to confirm a deal had been completed with Ustinov.

"We've got nothing to announce yet other than to say it could be or it may not be," Higgins said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thurman on 07-03-2013

Tua is currently feasting on roids, doing thousands of reps of squats, and pounding the heavy bag like a raging beast. Death to Ustinov!

Comment by Daddy T on 06-26-2013

i think tua should go all or nothing in the first few rounds i doubt think he's able to go the distance anymore

Comment by Thurman on 06-26-2013

Hopefully Tua's legs are strong, and he'll rush in and start dealing damage early. He needs to show no fear. Ustinov is one big bastard.

Comment by Slowhand on 06-23-2013

Tua is one of my all time favourite HWs but I wonder if this is a good idea.. hope he really comes in shape and goes for an early KO, there´s no way he can box Ustinov from the outside…

Comment by Hayehammer on 06-22-2013

[QUOTE=Freedom2013;13493178]Ustinov is slow but very strong... I think Tua is going to be knocked out for the first time.[/QUOTE] Yeah if you look at tua in his last fights i would predict the same outcome.. But maybe tua has found…

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