Alexander Ustinov vs. Manuel Charr in Play For November 25

By Luke Furman

Heavyweight contender Alexander Ustinov is scheduled to return to the ring on November 25 in Oberhausen (Germany).

According to his promoter, Vladimir "Krasivyy" Hryunov, the Russian giant will fight against Manuel Charr in a battle of veterans.

Initially, the World Boxing Association ordered a mini-tournament to eliminate the issue of multiple titles in the weight class - and as part of that scenario, former world champion Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo where scheduled to face each other in June, for that vacant WBA "regular" title. The fight fell out after Briggs failed a pre-fight drug test and came up positive for a banned substance.


The winner of Briggs-Oquendo would have had to make a mandatory defense of that title against Ustinov or face the possibility of being stripped.

Later, Ustinov's team held discussions with Oquendo's representatives about a fight for the WBA "regular" belt, but they were unsuccessful in reaching a deal.

"Alexander Ustinov will fight with Manuel Charr on November 25," Hryunov said in a telephone conversation with Oleg Bogatov. "The fight is planned to take place in Oberhausen."

Ustinov in his previous fight on May 19 in Bolton, England won a technical knockout in the first round against Brazilian Rafael Zumbano Love. The Russian heavyweight, in the professional ring, won 34 wins (25 - by knockout) and with one defeat to Kubrat Pulev.

Charr won 30 fights (17 - by knockout) and has four defeats. Charr won his last two fights in a row by knockout, including a unanimous decision win in September over undefeated Sefer Sefari for the vacant WBA International heavyweight title.

The WBA's "super" champion at the weight if Anthony Joshua, who also has the IBO, IBF world titles. He makes a mandatory defense of his belts on October 28th in Cardiff, against Pulev.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by K Man on 10-12-2017

Ok.. So does the winner take-on Oquendo ? ?

Comment by joe strong on 10-12-2017

Interesting cross roads fight. Is the WBA still having the regular champion crap? I been too busy to notice lately. Ustinov is 40 & he isnt going to get better. I would say his sheer size would be a handful…

Comment by tommyg6 on 10-12-2017

I'm sure either one of these guys or even both will pop dirty before this fight happens.

Comment by mlac on 10-12-2017

Didnt Charr get shot recently? pretty sure he got sent to hospital with gunshot wounds?

Comment by BigZ44 on 10-12-2017

I think Ustinov will win by KO, but I'd like to see Diamond Boy get that belt and talk some more **** to Fury :rofl:

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