Duco Events today announced that heavyweight David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) has signed on to face world rated contender Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21 KOs) on August 31 at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Ustinov, who stands at a towering 6’8 (nearly a foot taller than Tua), is rated IBF #7 and WBA #10. His only loss is against IBF #1 Kubret Pulev, and he represents Tua’s toughest assignment since his draw against Hasim Rahman ten years ago.
“I told the guys at Duco that I would fight anyone,” the 40-year-old Tua said. “And I am a man of my word. Alexander will be a challenging opponent on a number of levels. But I need ‘challenging.’ I am boxing again because I eventually want to have another shot at the heavyweight title. That chance will never come if I run from fights. And that is something I have never done. I’m excited about the fight. The key now is to continue to work hard and make sure that come fight night I am in the best position possible to make a statement against Alexander and announce to the world that David Tua is serious about fulfilling his destiny.”
Ustinov is on the books of K2 Promotions – the company owned and controlled by heavyweight title holders Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
“The strategy behind this fight is purposeful,” Duco Events’ David Higgins said. “With one punch David Tua could send a message to the Klitschko brothers. The punch will be heard in the far reaches of eastern Europe because if he can knock out Alexander Ustinov, David Tua would have proved himself as (a) capable of beating tall opponents, (b) marketable because of his power, and (c) worthy of a title shot against Wladimir or Vitali.”