By Karl Freitag
The fight was billed as “David vs. Goliath,” but this time Goliath won. 6’7, 292lb Alexander Ustimov (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former heavyweight contender David Tua (52-5-2, 43 KOs) on Saturday night at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Ustinov, who towered over Tua, controlled the action in round one and was also more effective in round two. Tua started to connect in the third, both fighters landed good shots in the fifth. Ustinov was simply busier as Tua wasn’t getting off his punches. A desperate Tua upped the pressure in rounds nine and ten, but Ustinov won the eleventh and twelfth to put it away. The bout ended with the best exchange of the fight. Scores were 119-109, 119-110, 119-108. After the fight, Tua announced his retirement saying his heart was no longer in it.
Light heavyweight Robert Berridge (22-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Daniel MacKinnon (21-8-1, 9 KOs). Wild end to this one as Berridge dropped MacKinnon in round eight, but MacKinnon returned the favor in the following round only to be put down again himself. Berridge dropped MacKinnon again late in the tenth and bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:51. Berridge claims the vacant PABA and WBO Oriental light heavyweight belts.
Lauryn Eagle W6 Daniella Smith (female lightweight)
Nikolas Charalampous W6 Rico Chong Nee (light heavyweight)
Sam Rapira KO1 Isaia Maku Jr (light heavyweight)