By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Eastern European heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) will be back to the squared circle on March 21 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, as a part of Klitschko – Gomez undercard. Ustinov, 32, who is born in Russia and possesses Russian citizenship, lives in Minsk, Belarus, and fights under Ukrainian K2 East Promotions banner, will take on American Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a non-title clash.
Ustinov, former kickboxing and muay thai star, is coming off a fifth-round TKO win over previously unbeaten Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura two weeks ago. That victory brought a vacant EBA title as well as the WBA ranking to the 6’7’’ fighter. Batchelder, also 32, is best known for a string of quality wins in lower weight classes, including victories over former champion Arthur Williams and perennial contenders Segundo Mercado, David Lopez and Laudelino Jose Barros. However, he has lost five of his last six bouts.
On a domestic level, K2 East will continue its pre-planned activities with a local card at Budivelnik Sports Palace in Cherkassy on March, 28. Headlining the show is the WBA #8 middleweight Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (17-1-2, 11 KOs), 24, in the second defense of his WBA intercontinental belt. Short (5’4’’) Georgian power puncher is scheduled to face Hungarian veteran Attila Kovacs (25-2, 17 KOs) in a twelve-rounder. A number of the best K2 East prospects is penciled to take their parts in the show, including welterweights Dmitry Nikulin (16-0, 5 KOs) and Valery Brazhnik (20-0-1, 13 KOs). In a special heavyweight attraction, Cherkassy fans will have a chance to witness Ukrainian debut of Croatian prospect Mario Preškar (14-0-2, 9 KOs).